The Decline of Southern Appalachian Brook Trout

picture13b1The Southern Appalachian Brook Trout Foundation and there website (Brook Trout Happenings), Has a three part series on the decline of the Southern Appalachian Brook Trout from the 1880 to present.   Part I  cover the time from 1880 to the 1940s. ” In the 1880′s beginning at around 1600 feet in elevation Southern Appalachian brook trout would have occupied most of the upper elevation 2nd, and 3rd order tributaries. In primary river watersheds”   Part II   1950′s Though 1970′s.  “After  private logging operations had depleted most of the marketable timber in the Southern Appalachians by the early 1900′s, had hundreds of thousands of acres of lands that few wanted.”  Part III   1970′s And To The Present. “During this period Southern Appalachian brook trout population distribution continued to decline and much of this range reduction took place in the species last stronghold – the upper headwaters of watersheds”.  Please take time to read all three articles.  The website does a really good job of explaining the decline Southern Appalachian brook trout and has other articles on the restoration work in the Tellico area.  Make sure to take time read about there ongoing work to restore Brook Trout in Sycamore Creek.

Good Fishing

Joe  <((((<


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