This is the latest version of a website that has been around for over 10 years. It’s designed to keep Oldman TU members and others interested in our fisheries informed about related issues, events, meetings, projects and the status of our fish and waters.
The Oldman River Chapter TUC has been active in Southern Alberta since at least the 1980s. It has been a formal chapter registered as a society in Alberta since 2000, when members led an effort to lease about 4 km of Crowsnest River frontage from the Provincial Government to provide stewardship for two sections of the river – at Burmis upstream from Burmis Lake, and at Hillcrest, downstream from the (west) Hillcrest Bridge.
A 25-year Burmis lease agreement was signed in 2002 and the Hillcrest lease followed five years later. Since then, stewardship has resulted in marked improvements in the river and riparian habitat. In 2010, the Alberta Conservation Association fish survey on the Crowsnest found the greatest density of larger rainbow and mountain whitefish in the section between Hwy 507 and the East Hillcrest Bridge, which includes the Burmis lease.
What started as a traditional TUC dinner committee in the ’80s and ’90s has evolved into a full chapter that mainly relies on a casino every three years for funds to put into fisheries related projects. Occasionally one of our long-time members, Peter DeGorter, organizes a raffle. And, we have occasionally partnered with the Chinook Waters Fly-fishing Lub on a dinner and conclave. Besides ongoing maintenance of the two Crowsnest leases, the chapter has been most recently involved in efforts to rehabilitate riparian habitat on Hidden Creek. TUC national’s Alberta fisheries biologist Lesley Peterson submitted an application to Department of Fisheries and Oceans for $21,000, matched by input and resources from our chapter, Cows and Fish, Oldman Watershed Council and the Alberta Conservation Association. She expects to hear back before spring.
The chapter has also been involved in efforts to gauge interest in an adopt-a-stream program for the province promote stewardship on our streams, all of which desperately need it.
I’ll use new posts here to keep you up to date on what the chapter ‘s involved in and issues that affect water, fish and and fishing. Meanwhile, check out the links in the header on membership, who we are, fish and other concerns, advocacy, among other subjects.
Check us out as well on our Facebook page, Oldman River Basin Chapter Trout Unlimited Canada for related information.