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Monday, November 2 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Crossing Clear Water: New Partnerships Leverage Diverse Funders to Accelerate Reconnection

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Damon Hearne, Trout Unlimited

Amassing threats to Southern Appalachian brook trout here in the southeast beg swift action.  Innovative partnerships and outreach techniques are one of the most important aspects of pushing back against these threats. Existing on the southernmost edge of the species’ range, the Southern Appalachian brook trout is in an increasingly vulnerable position.  With projections that habitat loss in the southeast could reach as high as 80% with a warming climate if climate change resiliency actions are not taken.  Trout Unlimited (TU) has undertaken a range of actions to secure the future of our only native trout, and this session will outline some of these new and thus-far successful strategies.     The presenter will talk about four significant strategies:  1) New partnerships – you will learn about TU’s relatively young aquatic organism passage (AOP) program and strategies that have helped it leverage over ~$1 million in project funds in just three years.   We will also discuss a new and unique partnership with high potential –the Little Tennessee Native Fish Conservation Partnership.  2) Project management and oversight – We’ll talk briefly about how TU completes work on National Forest lands and works with local contractors, including current project photos and lessons learned.  3) Outreach and Education – TU is undertaking a significant effort to spread the word about Stream Simulation AOP designs.  In addition to sharing a brief round-up of resources, we will unveil a new AOP poster aimed at design professionals and decision makers and talk about the collaborative design process.  

Monday November 2, 2015 2:20pm - 2:40pm EST
Windsor A

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