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Members of the trout fishing and outdoors communities in North Carolina have become alarmed at the loss of public access to large areas of NC rivers and streams. Many factors seem to contribute to this problem.
On March 19, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., the Hickory Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) will hold an expert panel discussion about how to deal with the loss of public access to trout fisheries. The panel will include Ron Beane, Board Chairman of the Foothills Conservancy; Doug Besler, Mountain Region Fishery Supervisor for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC); Andy Brown, Southern Appalachian Stream Restoration Manager for TU; Mike Johnson, Commissioner, NCWRC; and Jacob Rash, Coldwater Research Coordinator, NCWRC. The panel will discuss the causes of loss of access and explore possible solutions.
The panel discussion will take place at the Market on Main Cellar in downtown Hickory. Free parking is available at 325 1st Ave. SW and the entrance to the Cellar is across the street. A $10 optional buffet dinner is available for purchase prior to the meeting at 5:30 p.m. The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 PM. The meeting is open to the public and members of other TU chapters, conservation organizations, and outdoor advocacy groups are encouraged to attend.
To assure we have adequate food for everyone, please RSVP to HkyNCTUpres@gmail.com if you plan to have dinner.