Central Alberta Trout Unlimited Dinner/Auction

Central Alberta Trout Unlimited Dinner/Auction
Thursday April 25th, 2013

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Our Central Alberta Chapter Dollars at Work

Piper Creek Restoration Project Continues

After the tremendous wind storm yesterday, it ironic that last night several of our gang from Central Alberta Trout Unlimited spent the evening planting willows and Saskatoon bushes along Piper Creek. This long term project has been coming along nicely thanks to a sizeable donation from RBC, leadership from Trout Unlimited Canada, City of Red Deer and volunteers from RBC, Central Alberta Chapter of TU Canada and volunteers from the community.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Bob Scammell Has Passed Away

...from the Red Deer Advocate

...from a blog post a few years ago!

The Central Alberta Chapter of Trout Unlimited has made an effort to recognize and honor members of our community that have made a significant contribution to our chapter over the years.

Last week we took the time to honor Bob Scammell. Bob has written an outdoor column that has been published in our main Alberta newspapers for over 45 years. Bob’s columns have earned him several outdoor writer awards from both Outdoor Writers of Canada and the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Bob has also received so many more writing awards. Bob was recently inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

Bob has served as president of the Alberta Fish and Game Association and was involved in the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Bob was one of the founding members of the Alberta Conservation Association and was a director from 1988 to 2002. Bob’s volunteering goes past his passion for the outdoors and right into the community of Red Deer. Bob volunteered with the Red Deer Regional Public Library for many years and the Legal Aid Society of Alberta.

The North Raven River restoration was part of the very first Bucks for Wildlife Project in Alberta. If you have been a regular follower of Bob’s column, you would have the opportunity to understand his passionate perspective on the importance of protecting public land.

It was a prividge for several members of our executive to sit and listen to Don Pike from Trout Unlimited Canada, noted authors and fly fishers: Jim McLennan and Neil Waugh to tell some fun stories that involved Bob over the years. Neil brought several books that Bob was either the author or was written about. One excerpt from John Geirach made me smile. John wrote a chapter in his book, Fool’s Paradise, about Bob’s book called the Phenological Fly. Neil enjoyed pointing out some of the thoughts that were written. It made for lots of laughter and raised eyebrows at the luncheon. Jim recalled many an adventure in his early years as a fly fisher with Bob. Bob was glad to add many anecdotes to the foray.

Don Pike presented Bob a certificate of Appreciation on behalf of Trout Unlimited Canada thanking him for his contributions for almost 5 decades to trout fishing. As Don Pike pointed out, Bob is a great friend of Trout Unlimited Canada. Bob has also made several contributions to our local chapter. His photography and books have always been included in our dinner auctions over the years.

Bob has lost lots of his mobility over the past several years because of a disease that has cause his leg muscles to atrophy. He still writes his weekly column in the Red Deer Advocate as well as other Alberta newspapers.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Piper Creek Restoration Work

Volunteers from Royal Bank of Canada, Central Alberta Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Red Deer Naturalists and Friends of the Red Deer River spent today planting trembling Aspen, Saskatoons, Yellow Willow and a few other native plants along Piper Creek. Bank stabilization has been completed in several areas along side culvert removal and a general cleanup along the river. The local beavers have damed up several reaches that have allowed for beaver ponds that are deep and some current! This area is right beside the Piper Creek Gardens that the City of Red Deer allow citizens of Red Deer to farm.

Lesley Peterson and Elliot Lindsay from Trout Unlimited Canada did a great job organizing all the plants, fencing, mulch and tools. We got most of the work completed by lunch time. As the saying goes, many hands make light work!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Piper Creek Restoration Project Needs Volunteers

Hi Team,

Trout Unlimited Canada with help from the City of Red Deer are working on a restoration project on Piper Creek. The project is happening just south (about 500 metres) of the Red Deer Landfill (same road)  on the east side of the road at one of the city's garden plot areas. Below is a schedule of what will be happening the last week of September. If you have a few hours to spare. head over and lend a hand!

Elliot Lindsay, a biologist for Trout Unlimited Canda, will be there to oversee and manage the project!

We are now only two weeks away from the removal of the stream crossing (exciting!) and the month is flying by. At this stage in the game, we are planning on the following activities down the home stretch. I have also included some tasks and activities that we need help with, if you are able let me know if you, or any others are interested in helping out with any of these.

Monday September 26th
-          Harvest of willow stakes at a TBD location (working on this with Ken and Suzan).
-          Bring harvested willow stakes to site for soaking (and stealing by beaver).
-          Electrofishing 300m reach downstream of existing crossing, prior to removal.

Tuesday September 27th
-          Construct partial isolation of Piper Creek for dewatering of work area on the 28th and 29th. Help needed to fill sandbags and construct isolation.
-          Test pump capacity and adjust accordingly.

Wednesday September 28th
-          Isolate work area and begin diversion of water downstream of work area.
-          Conduct fish rescue in isolated area. Need a couple people for a half day (takes time to get water pumped down, etc.). You will need to bring leak-free waders for this, or let us know and we can lend you some.
-          “Roughen” south approach to loosen soil.
-          Remove stream crossing and stockpile materials away from the creek.
-          Remove isolation and restore stream flow to channel.

Thursday September 29th
-          Haul removed materials from site to landfill.
-          “Roughen” north approach.
-          Install Bio-D blocks, incorporating live stakes. Need a few folks to help with this task.

Friday September 30th
-          TUC will be off-site in Calgary.

Saturday October 1st
-          Volunteer planting workday at site to plant rooted stock and live stakes of Willow, Poplar, etc.
-          Distribute woody debris, leaf litter, and mulch throughout disturbed/reclaimed areas.

Wednesday October 18th
-          Beaver workshop I; late afternoon event (details to follow).

To Be Confirmed

-          Beaver workshop II; planting effort to improve beaver habitat.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Central Alberta Chapter Continues its Support to Local Libraries

Doug Pullan, Secretary of the Central Alberta Chapter, presented donation cheques to representatives from the Parkland Regional Library and the Red Deer College Library. 
This is the sixth year that the Central Alberta Chapter has provided funding to purchase books and other related materials that focus on fish, fish habitat, riparian areas and ecology.
The Red Deer College Library serves a student population of approximately 4000 students. This year’s donation enhanced their library’s collection in the areas of wetlands conservation, river and stream ecosystems and Canadian fisheries history. 
The Parkland Regional Library is a cooperative network of 50 public libraries serving over 207,000 residents of Central Alberta. This year’s donation was used to purchase adult and children’s books on the topic of river and ocean ecology. 
This book purchase program has not only educated people on fish and their habitat but has also brought awareness to the issues of sustainable fish management and the challenges affecting our cold water resources.  The chapter’s executive committee has received  positive input  and has been  encouraged  to continue the program believing that education  is a key factor for people’s understanding  of the issues surrounding  our cold water resources. The idea that clean water that benefits  everyone  as well as our fisheries; encourages individuals to get involved in local projects that  result in the good stewardship  of our waters.   The Central Alberta Chapter believes education is an important part of the mission and goals of Trout Unlimited Canada and will continue with further financial contributions to local libraries in the future. 

Left to right: Ron Sheppard, Parkland Regional Library, Doug Pullan, Secretary, TUC’s Central Alberta Chapter, Kristine Plastow, Red Deer College Library