Year-end 2016

posted Nov 21, 2016, 12:27 PM by Mike Balogh
As the year is rapidly moving to a close, this is a good time to look back and re-live our accomplishments and look forward and think of our path ahead for the months to come.

2016 saw one of the most ambitious projects this chapter ever has undertaken come to a remarkably successful completion: the Sparta Glen Brook Restoration. With the help and support of various government agencies, conservation organization, local businesses (see web site), and countless volunteer hours, the stretch of brook that flows through the Sparta Glen Park in Sparta, NJ, has been given a new life and, over time, will again be able to support fauna and flora like it always had in years gone by. We all can be proud of this accomplishment and of our chapter’s contribution to its calling – the conservation of our local fresh water habitats.

Continued stewardship of the Sparta Glen Brook will be key to the long term success of this undertaking. It is my sincere hope that we were successful in creating a continuing interest by the governing body of Sparta Township and Sparta’s population at large, in preserving and protecting this valuable and irreplaceable local natural resource for the future enjoyment of all.

Back down to earth…. These past months were filled with fishing trips to the Salmon and the Ausable rivers, a river clean-up along the banks of the Flat Brook, participation at Project Healing Waters Veterans events, sponsorship of the Jefferson Youth Fishing Derby, planting and/or education events on the Sparta Glen Brook, the Paulinskill River and at the Pequest Trout Hatchery, and many others too numerous to mention. To sum it all up: The Chapter is active and very much dedicated to making a difference. Thank you to all who made a contribution to this end.

But there is no resting on our laurels. Going forward, we must not avoid addressing our challenges. On top of the heap is our mission to continue to create awareness in our local communities of the importance of conserving our coldwater resources and to offer up our chapter as a “home” to those wanting to become active participants in this endeavor. To do this, we will need to embrace with enthusiasm the expanding of our efforts to redefine our core message and then to deliver it to our target audience through todays communication channels. With this in mind, I look forward to an exciting and busy 2017.

With my very best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend, and all good things and thoughts for the Holidays.

See you all at our Annual Holiday Party on the 21st of December, at the VFW Post in Sparta NJ!

Willi Huber