posted Feb 29, 2016, 11:24 AM by John Rizzo   [ updated Mar 1, 2016, 6:30 AM ]
During our February membership meeting, those in attendance were given a special opportunity to get up-close and personal with the current state of the Sparta Glen Brook Restoration happenings. Following a illustrated overview by John Nordstedt, Sparta Engineer Eric Powell, Brian Cowden of Urbany Fisheries, and Nathaniel Sajdak of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, each spoke of their particular involvement with this undertaking up to now and once it starts in early April, and beyond. I am certain that for many of you this may have been the first time you became fully aware of just how large an undertaking the Sparta Glen has become.

More on Sparta Glen: at this time, posters and video spots are going up all over Sparta, promoting the project and inviting volunteers. Look for them in the library, town hall, supermarkets and other public locations. Furthermore, a public presentation on the subject will be given at the Sparta Library on March 9, at 7 PM. Hope some of you can be there.

During the past month, our chapter learned of Gary Ervey’s decision to make room for someone else to take over the reins of our conservation chair. Gary is known by many of us as a dedicated member and conservationist, with many accomplishments to his name, including log jam removals on the Big Flat Brook, two kiosk installations, giving Sue Reed beginners lessons on an excavator, and many others. Gary deserves our wholehearted thanks for all he has contributed in the past.

For many of us, April marks the start of the 2016 trout fishing season. Opening day is April 9. NJ Fish and Wildlife will again be stocking many of New Jersey’s trout streams, including some of them during the pre-season. We are fortunate that Ed Sinning again has agreed to manage the chapter’s float stocking of the Flat Brook. Please offer to help when he begins to look for volunteers. Ed will also be leading the annual Big Flat Brook clean-up, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 16.

So many more things to talk about, but I am heeding the recommendation from some of you, to keep it shorter…. this time!

Willi Huber