Talk of the Towns 3/11/20: Trout Unlimited… how do we protect the habitat that trout love and why does it matter?

Producer/Host: Ron Beard
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

What is the status of Eastern Brook Trout in North America and in Maine
Population, habitat, ecology, role in sport fishery
What is the life cycle of the brook trout?
Why is Maine so important to the status of brook trout?
What are the best strategies to protect and enhance brook trout populations?
What is the mission of Trout Unlimited and how is it organized?
What led to the creation of the new Downeast Chapter?
What are you most excited about to work on as a Chapter?
Who are your allies and partners in this work (Downeast Fisheries Partnership, Maine Audubon, State and Federal agencies, others?)

Robert Packie, President Downeast Trout Unlimited chapter
Terry Young, President Georges River Trout Unlimited chapter
Tammy Packie, Secretary, Downeast Trout Unlimited chapter
Jeff Reardon, National Trout Unlimited, Maine Brook Trout Project Director
Mac McGinley, Trout Unlimited State Council President

About the host:
Ron Beard is producer and host of Talk of the Towns, which first aired on WERU in 1993 as part of his community building work as an Extension professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant. He took all the journalism courses he could fit in while an undergraduate student in wildlife management and served as an intern with Maine Public Television nightly newscast in the early 1970s. Ron is an adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic, teaching courses on community development. Ron served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for six years and is currently board chair for the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, where he has lived since 1975. Look for him on the Allagash River in June, and whenever he can get away, in the highlands of Scotland where he was fortunate to spend two sabbaticals.