February 2020 Issue
April’s Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, April 27, at 7PM
In Praise of Wild Trout with Ray Gagnon
Join us at the Squan-a-Tissit Chapter, April 23, monthly meeting for a program that focuses on the very heart of TU’s Mission: wild and native trout. Ray Gagnon of Greater-Boston TU will share a pictorial and poetic celebration of the total experience of fishing for these precious, special fish in our “local” headwater rivers and streams. Titled, “In Praise of Wild Trout,” Ray’s presentation will draw on scenes he has captured and experiences he has had over the last several years, in what he calls his “New Hampshire home waters.”
He’ll offer some “how-to” advice on strategies for finding wild trout streams and selecting the right gear, in addition to covering some interesting and unexpected “side benefits” of this kind of, frequently, high-altitude fishing.
(Please note that, for obvious reasons, Ray will not specifically name or locate most of these delicate headwater streams. But he will identify relevant NH watersheds where you can explore for yourself!)
A Note From the Board of Directors:
We would like to extend a warm hearted “Thank You!” to everyone that helped make the Annual Fundraiser Dinner a huge success.
The chapter’s goals towards the continued conservation of our rivers could not be reached without the support from local businesses, TU members and it’s volunteers, and the generosity of the those who attended the night’s festivities. The monies raised at this event are already being utilized to fund some of the chapter’s projects throughout our watershed, such as the removal of a small dam and the replacement of a culvert located on the Keys Conservation Area, continued monitoring of water temperatures within the watershed, and improving and maintaining the continuity of our rivers and streams. We will be providing updates and hands on volunteering opportunities regarding these planed projects as they become available.
On Saturday April 27th beginning at 9am the chapter will be conducting it’s annual river clean up day along the Nissitissit river. Please join us at the former Millie Turner dam site located at 62 Hollis Street in Pepperell, MA. This clean up coincides with Pepperell Green Up Days. We will be providing refreshments and trash bags and it will be a opportunity for you to scout out some fishing spots as you help keep are wildlife management areas green. So bring your gear and perfect your fishing skills after the clean up as the stocking trucks have been out in full force.
February 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
February 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
March 14 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
May 16 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
June 5 @ 8:00 am – June 7 @ 5:00 pm
Nissitissit River Clean-Up
Saturday, April 27
The Squan-a-Tissit Chapter will be conducting a river clean-up day on the Nissitissit River. This event coincides with Pepperell Green Up which is a community effort to improve the appearance of the town by removing litter and debris. Refreshments and trash bags will be provided, please wear appropriate clothing for the day.
We will be meeting at the former Millie Turner dam site located at 62 Hollis Street in Pepperell, MA at 9am for some refreshments and will continue through the Nissitissit Wildlife Management Area with the clean-up.
All are invited to join in the Celebration of the designation of sections of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers as part of the National Wild and Scenic River System!
When: Sunday, April 28, 2019, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Bill Ashe Visitor Center Pavilion in the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, 80 Hospital Road in Devens, MA. View a Google map for directions.
What: Congresswoman Lori Trahan is a confirmed participant, and many other federal, state, and local officials will be joining the townspeople from the eleven participating communities in this historic commemorative event. Come to learn more about what the designation means to our entire region, and come to celebrate this achievement!
At 1:00 p.m., we’ll enjoy light refreshments and social time. The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. Following the event, there will be guided Nature Walks on beautiful trails near the Bill Ashe Visitor Center. There will also be a display of native wildlife mounts, and live music. People interested in paddling can bring their own canoes and kayaks; the dock will be in place on the Nashua River.
There is handicapped parking at the Bill Ashe Visitor Center, and for all other attendees, there will be extensive parking very nearby, and a free shuttle bus. The Celebration will be held rain or shine.
This event is free and open to all communities – come celebrate!
The Celebration is hosted by the Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Committee.
Reservations are not required, but are appreciated for planning purposes. Please RSVP to Al Futterman with the Nashua River Watershed Association, alf@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. For additional information visit www.WildandScenicNashuaRivers.org or call the NRWA at
Please feel free to share this message with others who may be interested in joining in. Thank you!
Images (left to right): Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers. Photos by Cindy Knox Photography.
Tick exposure can occur year-round, but ticks are most active during warmer months (April-September). Know which ticks are most common in your area.
Before You Go Outdoors
- Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, or even on animals. Spending time outside walking your dog, camping, gardening, or hunting could bring you in close contact with ticks. Many people get ticks in their own yard or neighborhood.
- Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings. Alternatively, you can buy permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents External containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undec anone. EPA’s helpful search toolExternal can help you find the product that best suits your needs. Always follow product instructions.
- Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.
- Do not use products containing OLE or PMD on children under 3 years old.
- Avoid Contact with Ticks
- Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
- Walk in the center of trails.
After You Come Indoors
Check your clothing for ticks. Ticks may be carried into the house on clothing. Any ticks that are found should be removed. Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors. If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed. If the clothes require washing first, hot water is recommended. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks.
Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and daypacks.
Shower soon after being outdoors. Showering within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease and may be effective in reducing the risk of other tickborne diseases. Showering may help wash off unattached ticks and it is a good opportunity to do a tick check.
Check your body for ticks after being outdoors. Conduct a full body check upon return from potentially tick-infested areas, including your own backyard. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Check these parts of your body and your child’s body for ticks:
- Under the arms
- In and around the ears
- Inside belly button
- Back of the knees
- In and around the hair
- Between the legs
- Around the waist
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