PROJECTS

Little River Clean-up

The Little River Clean-up started in 1993 as our first Chapter project. We meet each year at  Metcalf Bottoms picnic area (9:00AM) in late March or early April  as weather and Park Fisheries schedule permits. Volunteers divide in to teams and are assign a section of stream along Little River road.  We usually start at the park boundary in Townsend and work our way to Elkmount campground. We try to eat a lunch around noon that is provide by our chapter members. That leaves the rest of the day to enjoy fishing.

GSMNP Acid Deposition

2016 GSMNP Fisheries Volunteer Sampling Schedule

The Acid Deposition Project is a long range project, volunteers from the Great Smoky Mountains Chapter and Little River Chapter agreed to help collect samples from across the park.  Chapter members are assigned routes from which they are to collect samples on a regular basis. This Program has been gathering valuable data about the effects of acid rain, fog, and snow on the streams in the Park.  It is important that we continue to gather data even if improvements in air emissions are made so that the effects of any improvements can be measured.  As usual, the Park Services does not have the resources to continue the sampling at the current level without the help of TU and the volunteers who participate.  Since the samples are gathered every other month, we need a large number of volunteers who are willing to join a sample team for at least one of the six samples being scheduled.

Contact Charlie Chmielewski for team leader info and contact info ‐
Charlie Chmielewski (h) 865‐986‐1171, (cell) 865‐661‐7325  cchm@charter.net

Annual Large and Small Stream samples

The GSMNP conduct stream samples on an annual basis, the crews usual consist of Park’s fishery biologists and seasonal help. The samples consist of nets being set up at each end of the sample site.  Three passes are made by personnel with backpack shockers,  fish are netted then put in buckets weighed and measured and returned to the stream.  The sample site may be in back country requiring several miles of hiking and a overnight stay or a large stream sample near a road  requiring a lot more volunteers to help complete.  Helping with one of the samples is a great way to learn about trout and their habitat.  Steve and Matt can always use extra help.

Contact Matt Kulp (865‐426‐1254) Matt_Kulp@nps.gov