Participate in conservation projects such as stream surveys sponsored by Maine TU and IF&W . We will post opportunities on our Facebook page and via email.
Burr and Fire pond damn removal walk
27 October 2019
The group assembled at the Burr Cemetery just off Rt 136 in Freeport. Jeff Reardon gave the group an overview of the damn removal project, the tributaries of the ponds and the hydrology of the area that supports the cold water and Brook Trout population of the area. We then proceeded down the Freeport Land trust trails to the subject ponds. Along the way we viewed the small tributaries that feed Fire pond and Frost Gulley Brook. Jeff made a point of discussing the drainage and headwaters that feed Frost Gulley Brook as we made our way to the Burr Pond. This impoundment was made by damming Frost Gulley just to the west of Interstate 295.
This past Summer the sluice valve was opened on the damn and the pond has been drained down to allow the brook to find its original path to the outlet of the damn. Jeff discussed the timeline for the damn removal process and the probable method the contractor would use to breach the damn and allow the brook to be free flowing under Interstate 295.
We discussed future chapter projects involving the planting and maintaining native trees and plants to afford shade to the water as well as block out invasive species from taking hold. This project would span several years as establishing this planting is labor intensive to combat dear foraging and the pervasive nature of invasive plants.
We then made a short walk to Fire Pond and Damn and spoke at length of the trout population that inhabits this small but cold impoundment. The damn breaching method and timeline was laid out to be coincident or after the breaching of Burr Pond. Jeff made a foray up stream to look for signs of spawning fish or redds in the tributary and reported marginal activity.
The group then made their way back via trails to the parking area to beat the oncoming rain.
TU National Conservation Goals
MMBTU plans to assist US Fish & Wild Life with insertion of temperature monitors in some of our area streams. Ecosheds.org
We are currently looking at Montsweag Brook in Woolwich & Wiscasset as a chapter project for restoration of cold water fishing habitat partnering with Chewonki & the Wiscasset Conservation.
Salter Survey, MMBTU is partnering with Maine Audubon to survey streams that flow into the salt water for sea running brook trout along the Maine coast. Join Emily Bastin and our own Randy Clark and crew for a survey downeast or one of many local streams. Timing is usually late April early May.