LECTU
May 14, 2013

Attention Little Elkhart Chapter Members and Friends of:

The Little Elkhart Chapter of Trout Unlimited is embarking on a an aggressive stream habitat restoration project in conjunction with River Tenders Inc. and the Middlebury Park Department at Riverbend Park in Middlebury. The project includes placement of multiple “Lunker Structures” for trout habitat and rock and stone for bank stabilization.

A Lunker Structure is a wooden pallet made out of white oak. These boxes are 6 to 8 feet in length 4 feet wide and 10 inches deep. Each structure weighs several hundred pounds. The structure is placed on the bottom to emulate an undercut bank. The structure is then anchored with rebar and covered with rock and stone.

The project has cleared all phases of permitting; all materials have been stockpiled and are ready to go. Our role in this project is providing the manpower to assist in the restoration construction. Once this project has been completed it is our hope that this restoration will serve as a showcase example of what can be done to stabilize stream banks in a trout friendly manner.

This notice serves as an invitation and a call out for your assistance. We need volunteers to make this project a success. We have duties for everyone, whether you are a young body builder capable of lifting heavy stones or feeble and elderly delivering water bottles to the laborers we can use your help.

The project is scheduled for June 1, 8 and 9. We plan to get started at around 8:30 to 9:00 am and end in the afternoon. We will be meeting at Riverbend Park, 511 E. Warren St. Middlebury, IN. You, of course being a volunteer, are at liberty to come and go as required. Any assistance you can provide would be appreciated, even if it is only part of one day. A lunch will be provided in the early afternoon. All you need to bring is an old pair of work waders and some gloves that are suited for working wet. All other tools and equipment will be provided.

This type of river work is an enjoyable experience. The camaraderie built working alongside other folks with like minded results is truly a reward. The creation of trout habitat will pay dividends long into the future not only for us but for those who follow in our footsteps.

You are free to invite (recruit) guests to come along and help. If you have some strong young bucks that are willing to help, we could use them. Bring a buddy, a neighbor, or an entire football squad because this is going to be quite an undertaking.

Questions or concerns pertaining to the project should be directed to Mike Beachy, cell phone (574)596-4929 or e-mail beach@bnin.net.

I thank you in advance-

Mike Beachy
LECTU President

Little Elkhart Chapter Trout Unlimited
17585 Ireland Road
South Bend, IN 46614