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Nashua River Group to Celebrate National Designations

April 13, 2019

The Nashua River Watershed will hold a ceremony celebrating the designation of sections of the Nashua, Squannacook and Nissitissit Rivers as part of the National Wild and Scenic River System.

The Wild and Scenic Celebration will take place on Sunday, April 28, from 1-3 p.m. at the Bill Ashe Visitor Center Pavilion in the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, 80 Hospital Rd. in Evens.

Congresswoman Lori Tartan is a confirmed participant, and many other federal, state, and local officials will be joining the townspeople from the 11 participating communities in this historic commemorative event.

There will be light refreshments at 1 p.m. with the program beginning at 1:30. Following the event, there will be guided nature walks on beautiful trails near the Visitor Center. There will also be a display of native wildlife mounts, and live music. People interested in paddling can bring their own canoes and kayaks; the dock will be in place on the Nashua River.

There is handicapped parking at the Visitor Center, and for all other attendees there will be extensive parking nearby with a free shuttle bus. The event is free and open to all and will be held rain or shine.

The event is hosted by the Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Committee. Reservations are not required, but are appreciated for planning purposes. RSVP to Al Footman at the Nashua River Watershed Association, alf@NashuaRiverWatershed.org .

For additional information visit WildandScenicNashuaRivers.org or call 978-448-0299.

Trout in trouble

The state is stocking brown trout in many brooks. These are smaller browns, not the big boys we love to see stocked and grow to enormous sizes in our great ponds and lakes.

Now these small streams in some cases will never hold a native brook trout but others do hold native brookies. It was my thought that placing browns in with native brookies was a bad idea because brown trouts love to eat other fish and especially small fry, which brookies often are to a 10-inch brown.

So I asked this question to Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife and was told they stock browns feeling they will die off by summer. This means the fish is put and take. However, while the browns are alive in the brook they will eat. What will they eat? Other fish, flies, worms etc. Anything they can until death.

This is very annoying to me as it might be to others who work so hard to protect the species. I am not speaking for Trout Unlimited but the local chapter Squana-Tissit is working hard on dam removals to restore brook trout habitat. Adding brown trout to a brook they have restored and helped bring back native fish is a slap in their face.

Add small brookies to small streams as it should be and place the browns in the lakes and rivers where they belong.

Bill Biswanger’s email is bboutdoor1@aol.com