A Look to 2018

The Oldman River Chapter had a productive 2017, but the coming year promises to be even better.

As many of you know, long-time Chapter member and past-president Richard Burke was in a very serious car accident in Oregon in 2017. After a series of hospital stints, Richard is now convalescing from the comfort of his own home, and we expect to see him at Chapter meetings (and maybe even on the river) in 2018.

Our Annual General Meeting is set for Thursday, March 1st, from 6 – 9 PM, at Theoretically Brewing. In addition to lots of fish talk, we’ll conduct our elections, announce the 2018 recipients of our Research in Conservation Scholarship, and hear from last year’s winner, Jeremy Benson. Jeremy has completed his work on Westslope Cutthroat Trout (WCT) overwintering habitat in Gold, Blairmore, and Daisy Creeks. We are excited to have Jeremy present on his research and look forward to seeing the results of his hard work.

We have a host of projects in the pipeline for 2018. The Chapter recently purchased some temperature loggers, which we plan to install and monitor in Hidden, Pincher, and Chipman Creeks. The Chapter is looking for volunteers to help with this, so please shoot us an email if you are interested.

We are working with Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC) on a bank restoration project on Girardi Creek, in Crowsnest Pass. Work is scheduled for some time this spring, so let us know if you’d like to come out and help.

Also in cooperation with TUC, the Chapter will help to offer a stream rehabilitation course in the Lethbridge area at some point this year. More details will come soon, but please send us an email if you are interested in participating.

And we will continue working on our existing projects: Murray will continue to monitor Hidden Creek and look for potential projects in the area; Shane and Kevin continue to maintain and improve the Hillcrest and Burmis leases; Andrew and Josh have plans to get back into Vanessa Valgardson’s classroom at G.S. Lakie to do some tying, and they are planning a day on the leases with her students this spring; and we can look forward to another fishy story in the coulees in partnership with Helen Schuler Nature Centre. We’ll also look to involve more anglers in our Angler Diary program.

If you want to volunteer for any of these projects or simply want more information about them, please don’t hesitate to contact us at tuoldmanchapter@gmail.com. We look forward to another year of conserving, protecting, and restoring habitat in southern Alberta!