Trout Unlimited had a productive year in New York in 2019. So productive, in fact, that three new staff were added to the Northeast Habitat Program to expand TU's conservation efforts in New York.
Jo-Anne Humphreys is TU’s stream restoration specialist. Jacob Fetterman is the new Project Coordinator for the Battenkill Home Rivers Initiative, and Caroline Shafer is the New York Field Technician based in Stamford, N.Y.
Tracy Brown, the restoration manager for New York and Connecticut, leads the New York-based crew.
Director of Veterans Service Partnership, Mike Banaszewski, moved back to New York state, where he will be directing the national VSP program. Mike can answer any questions related to our work with veterans and is looking for ways to engage with local chapters.
Jen Orr-Greene joined TU in January and will take over Dave Kinney’s role as the Mid-Atlantic Policy Director.
In addition to TU National staff, the New York Council Conservation Committee was developed to help expand and support TU Chapter conservation efforts across the state. The committee consists of Evan Renwick (chair, Lake Champlain), John Braico (Adirondack), Reuben Zaramian (New York City), Roy Lamberton (Clearwater) and Daniel Hess (Seth Green). The committee’s main goal is to help chapters implement conservation projects on the ground. Contact Evan Renwick for ways to involve your chapter.
For all New York Council related questions, Larry Charette is TU’s New York Council chair and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frog Hollow, Tributary to Willowemoc Creek, after construction reconnecting 3 miles of spawning habitat.
One of TU’s national priorities is to improve access to critical coldwater habitat for trout and other stream-dwelling creatures.
In New York, TU partners with towns in the Hudson Valley to help them develop practical, affordable approaches to reducing stream habitat fragmentation while simultaneously enhancing flood resilience and protecting and improving infrastructure.
TU and the Town of Chatham received the Wavemakers Award from the Hudson River Alliance in 2019 for our work developing a road stream crossing management plan for the town and reconnecting 3-miles of Green Brook, a tributary to Kinderhook Creek.
To date road stream crossing management plans have been developed for the towns of Chatham, Hillsdale, Copake and Ancram. TU is currently working with the towns of Taghkanic, New Baltimore, Ghent and Austerlitz, and we just recently learned that we have been funded to add the Town of Nassau to our list.
Together with our partners Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS DEC Region 4, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene County and the Housatonic Valley Association we have assessed and prioritized more than 1,600 road stream crossings.
In 2019 TU received funding for our work in the Upper Delaware River that will result in the restoration of 2 miles of high-quality tributary habitat and the reconnection of over 27 miles of stream. Additionally, the TU team with help from Carl Schwartz, USFWS Partners Program, removed a barrier on Frog Hollow, a tributary to the Willowemoc in the Catskills. Additional funding support from NYS DEC Water Quality Improvement Program will result in two more culvert replacement projects in the Town of Delhi and Chatham.