The Mollyockett Chapter of Trout Unlimited is proud to announce that it has received a $5,000 in Embrace-A-Stream (EAS) grant from Trout Unlimited, placing third nationally among more than 40 other applicants.
The grant will be used for a $47,015 project to reconnect Aldrich Brook to the rest of its watershed. Aldrich Brook, located in Parkertown TWP, is a tributary in the Upper Magalloway/Aziscohos Lake watershed. The project is part of a broader effort to reconnect all historic brook trout habitat within the 150 square mile watershed, primarily by identifying road crossings that obstruct fish passage and removing or repairing them.
Aldrich Brook is a tributary to Aziscohos Lake; a Heritage Brook Trout lake that has not been stocked in 25 years and is supported completely by wild trout reproduction, largely in tributary streams. As part of an overall effort to reconnect all historic habitat in the Upper Magalloway /Aziscohos watershed, this project would involve removing two current fish passage impediments (perched culverts) on Aldrich Brook thereby reconnecting 1.9 miles of wild brook trout habitat to Aziscohos Lake and the rest of the watershed.
The project will engage the landowner, Wagner Forest Management (Wagner), and other volunteers in a comprehensive effort to survey the remainder of the road crossings in the Upper Magalloway/Aziscohos Lake watershed. Total construction costs, including materials, are estimated at $41,900. Half of the construction costs will be provided by Wagner. In addition to Wagner and the funding received by Mollyockett TU through the EAS, the grant brings together several other organizations that will also assist in this project with either additional funding and/or services:
• Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
• Aziscohos Lake Preservation Council
• Trout and Salmon Foundation
• Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen’s Association
• Fly Fishing in Maine
• Orvis/Trout Unlimited 1000 Mile Campaign
Project work will begin this spring and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. Mollyockett TU will be seeking volunteers to help with the project. FMI: Contact Mollyockett Chapter President, Lee Margolin, at 743-9808.