Saco Valley Trout Unlimited Meeting

From left: Tony Adreano of Saco Valley Trout Unlimited; Bill Thompson, Saco Valley Trout Unlimited secretary; Tom Howe, senior director of land conservation for the New Hampshire Forest Society; Randy Oullette of Saco Valley Trout Unlimited; background: Dave Sordi of Saco Valley Trout Unlimited and Ron Mellady of Saco Valley Trout Unlimited. (PAT CRANE PHOTO)

The members of Saco Valley Trout Unlimited have been able to continue their mission in protecting, reconnecting, restoring and sustaining our cold water resources by partnering with New Hampshire Fish and Game, New Hampshire Trout Unlimited and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests by contributing $2,000 toward the Ammonoosuc River Forest Project

The Ammonoosuc Forest Project is a collaboration between the forest society, New Hampshire Fish and Game, N.H. Trout Unlimited and the Gould family of Bethlehem. The project will save over 250 acres and over 1½ miles of the Ammonoosuc from development. Cost of the project is projected to be $550,000.

The property includes Haystack Brook, identified by N.H. Fish and Game as an important native brook trout habitat.

At the check presentation held Dec. 3 at the Flatbread Co., Tom Howe, senior director of land conservation for the forest society, accepted the check from D. Randall Ouellette, Saco Valley Trout Unlimited president.

“We would like to thank the Saco Valley Chapter for this vital contribution” said Howe. “N.H. Trout Unlimited has worked with us throughout the process of this land acquisition.”

In attendance was Bill Thompson, Saco Valley Trout Unlimited secretary and members-at-large Tony Adreano, Dave Sordi and Saco Valley Trout Unlimited Valley Pride Day coordinator Ron Mellady.

“It takes all of us working together to make projects of this nature a reality. We look forward to more collaborations with these fine organizations in the future,” said Ouellette.

At a recent Fish and Game Commission meeting, the commission voted to use $150,000 from the Fish Habitat Fund toward the purchase price.

Funds will only be allocated once the purchase is finalized. The Fish Habitat Fund is generated from sales of fishing licenses.

For more information on this project or to contribute to this project, go to forestsociety.org/project/ammonoosuc.

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