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Conservation Projects

CONSERVATION CORNER BY:

Mike Berube, Conservation Chairman

The Conservation Committee is excited to announce that the club will be sponsoring a child to attend the 2015 Northwest Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Academy. Please see the below notification we received about the school.

The SFF will pay the tuition to the academy for one child, the parents will be responsible for the transportation to and from. This is not limited to family members of the club, although we would rather send a child affiliated to the club.

Please direct any questions to Mike Berube at tytlynz@gmail.com.

2015 NORTHWEST YOUTH CONSERVATION AND FLY FISHING ACADEMY

Once again we are preparing for another Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Academy to be held June 21-27, 2015 at Gwinwood Community Center on Hicks Lake in Lacey, WA. The Staff will be contacting over 50 dedicated volunteers to contribute their time for the success of the Academy – for the kids. This Academy is all about the girls and boys, 12-16 years old, to teach them the basics of fly fishing and conservation. The event is one full week with the staff and youth living at the Gwinwood Center and boarding in cabins. All meals are provid- ed. Students need to bring their personal belongings, i.e., sleeping bags, pillows, rubber boots, etc. All fishing gear and fly tying equipment is provided, however, students may bring their own fishing gear.

The event is supported by WCTU and WSCIFFF, and members of South Sound FF, Olympia Chapter TU, WFFC, and Puget Sound Fly Fishers of Tacoma.

The cost to each student is still $275, but sponsorships are available through TU Chapters, FFF fly clubs and private donations. No applicant will be turned away because of lack of money.

Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2015 until April 15, 2015. Applications may be downloaded from our website – www.nwycffa.org, via email to mtclancy39@comcast.net or call 360-753-1259. Each applicant must submit an essay explaining why THEY want to at- tend The Academy. A letter of recommendation is required from a school teacher or coun- selor. We have a Facebook page listed under our name for viewing pictures from previous events.

We are very proud of The Academy;; this has been a life changing experience for many of our youth.

THE YOUTH OF TODAY ARE THE GUARDIANS OF THE FUTURE FOR OUR SPORT OF FLYFISHING

 

The conservation committee met for the first time this year prior to the September board meeting. The major item of discussion was to get projects scheduled and on the calendar so people can plan to attend ahead of  time. We also brainstormed for new projects.   Some projects we will be working on are “Fish in The Classroom” and “Fin Clipping at the Spokane Hatchery”.

NNRI WATER FESTIVAL REPORT

SEPTEMBER  11—12

By: Mike Keegan

Below are pictures from kids casting at the Water Festival put on by the Spokane County Conservation District.

14 October Water Festival 2

14 October Water Festival
On September 11 and 12, the Northwest Natural Resources Institute held its annual Water Festival at Liberty Lake Park. Introduction to fly casting for 5th graders from several Spokane schools was one the seven stations which included topics such as ecology, water quality, etc that were presented.
A total of 470 students got an orientation to fly casting. Bob Kowal and Gale Allen provided the initial instruction followed by dividing the students into groups for coaching and practice. Many thanks to the volunteers (8 on Thursday and 7 on Friday) who mentored during the 25 minute sessions.