Meeting- Our regular meeting will begin at 7 PM. After our Business Meeting we will have a presentation on the Hudson River Estuary Programs. Presenting will be Francis Dunwell, DEC Region 3 Hudson River Estuary Coordinator. Two years ago, staff from Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, the Izaak Walton League of America and other sportsmen’s groups described the impacts of climate change to coldwater fisheries, big game, upland birds, and waterfowl in the book Seasons’ End (7.5MB pdf). Now, a new book, Beyond Seasons’ End (5MB pdf), tells us what we can do to protect our sporting traditions and fish and wildlife populations in today’s changing climate conditions. In the chapter on coldwater fisheries, TU staffers Jack Williams, Amy Haak and Nat Gillespie discuss how to protect and conserve trout and salmon and the coldwater ecosystems in which they thrive in the face of a changing climate. The Hudson River Estuary Program in New York manages a budget of $3 million, from which it underwrites watershed plans, provides education programs, directly monitors and improves the Hudson River estuary in strategic ways. http://www.tu.org/beyond-seasons-end.
Estuary Program web site: www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4920.html