Hi! My name is Bob Bernard and I am the Conservation Chair for Trout Unlimited North Bear. I would like to take a moment to share with our readers and members some of the current conservation planning with which I am working.
1) Planting trees to help keep streams cool and reduce erosion while absorbing air carbon emissions. We are trying to find a partner and location where we can do this. Our focus streams would be those stated in our Strategic Plant (i.e. North Bear, South Bear, and Waterloo). We would apply for a grant from Trees Forever to help provide for this project.
2) Embrace-A-Stream grant development is currently underway. This grant is through the national Trout Unlimited and I am working on developing a goal, location, purpose, and partner for a future project.
3) TU North Bear is currently implementing our Embrace-A-Stream grant for Japanese Knotweed eradication. The North Bear Chapter is providing a match of cash and in-kind. The TU Iowa Council has also donated $1,000 towards equipment and supply purchases.
Join us for our next chapter meeting January 9. The meeting will start at 6:30 PM at the Tavern Pizza and Pasta Grill, 1755 50th Street, West Des Moines IA 50266. Please bring your fishing stories and hear about what is going on with the club. Staci Williams from ISG Engineering will be presenting on Iowa's River Restoration Toolbox.