Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs 2016 Water Willow Project Video
Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs planting project receives attention in county paper
The Polk County Enterprise ran an article regarding the current success of the LLFoR planting project in their Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 edition.
Recognition of our 10-year project is always a good thing! As of July 2016, nearly 5,000 American water-willow aquatic plants are taking root at 13 sites around Lake Livingston, beginning the long process of re-establishing fish habitat, helping to prevent bank erosion and filter the water.
Please view the article PDF Enterprise Article July 3, 2016
Heartwood chapter members participated in the ongoing Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs (LLFOR) project.
This is a massive 10-year project involving numerous organizations and volunteers. Heartwood chapter members volunteered with others to plant 360 American Water Willows along the northern mouth of Pools Creek on the west side of Lake Livingston. The project…
To read more, please visit: http://txmn.org/heartwood/2016/08/08/lake-livingston-volunteer-project/
We thank them for their recognition and support of our project!
Nearly 5,000 Aquatic Plants Ready for Planting by Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs
Livingston, TX, July 21, 2016: Braving the summer heat, two groups of volunteers clipped starter tips and transplanted nearly 5,000 American Water-willow aquatic plants, pushing forward on a goal to plant 10,000 per year to “Bring Lake Livingston Back to Life.” Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs (LLFoR) is working to defray the costs of buying plants by perfecting a propagation system that is increasing plant inventory quickly with the help of a growing corps of volunteers.
LLFoR’s largest all volunteer group of 26 gathered on July 18 to propagate 3,500 plants in a record three hours. A smaller group of 14 transplanted 1,200 plants on June 27. Most of these transplants were tipped, creating starter plants that will be ready for transplant to larger pots in a few months.
“We have developed an experienced core of volunteers, who know what needs to be done, and they get it done quickly,” said Tom McDonough, LLFoR Project Director. “Our goal of maintaining a 10,000 planting-ready inventory is within reach. We’re just 1,700 plants from that goal and beginning to see expansion in our lake plantings.”
The transplanted aquatic plants must be submerged in grow tanks, and are maintained by students and instructors in six local independent school districts: Livingston (LHS & LIS), Corrigan-Camden, Onalaska, Shepherd, Goodrich, and Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated ISDs. McDonough and Project Inventory Manager Pam Klouda delivered transplants to the schools for ongoing care until they are planted in Lake Livingston. After putting out a call for extra help at Onalaska High School, Onalaska Mayor Roy Newport and his wife showed up to assist in getting 600 plants into the school’s tanks.
Three plantings of 300-400 plants by partner volunteers are planned for July and August. Two larger student/partner plantings of 3,500 plants each are planned for September 2016 and May 2017.
McDonough is managing this 10-year project with partners Texas Black Bass Unlimited, Trinity River Authority, and Texas Parks and Wildlife. Additional volunteers come from the Polk County Hookers, San Jacinto County Master Gardeners, and the Piney Wood Lakes Chapter, Texas Master Naturalists.
For more information, to donate to help LLFoR “Bring Lake Livingston Back to Life”, or to help in planting and propagation, contact Tom McDonough at (832) 236-0723.
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LLFoR is a 501 (c) (3).
We are “Bringing Lake Livingston Back to Life”
The Polk County Enterprise recently ran an article about Tom McDonough’s national presentation to Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership in Ogden, UT
Utah Department of Natural Resources Host The Event
Ogden, UT. November 6, 2015: Utah’s Department of Natural Resources hosted the Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership and Friends of Reservoirs 6th Annual Meeting in Ogden, Utah. Reservoir fisheries habitat issues in the US are some of the most challenging issues facing fisheries managers. No single component of fish habitat is more vital than water quantity and quality.
The highlights of the technical portion of the program included a presentation on Reservoir Partnership-funded projects to compile reservoir fisheries habitat restoration Best Management Practices (BMP’s). They strive to provide technical assistance to both professional and lay groups that are tackling challenging habitat restoration efforts. This catalogue of BMP’s should be available online in the next year. In keeping with the local/regional focus of the meeting, several presentations specific to issues in Utah were on the agenda. These presentations included New Mexico and Texas focusing on managing fisheries habitat in the face of drought and challenging water management regimes. There is no better reservoir shallow-water fish habitat than native vegetation. Not surprisingly, these types of projects are funded annually through the Reservoir Partnership grant program. There were several talks on the agenda highlighting the use of native aquatic vegetation in a reservoir habitat management program.
One exciting aspect of this year’s meeting was the presence of international Australian and Brazilian speakers, a first for this annual event. These scientists came to share their experiences and learn from ours. As mentioned earlier, fish habitat restoration is a collaborative effort, and it is gratifying to see we can reach across borders.
The Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs project (LLFoR) was presented on Saturday by Tom McDonough, Project Director. The project discussed the importance of the six Independent School Districts in growing, propagating and planting the aquatic plants into Lake Livingston. Also discussed was the role of the projects advisors, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Inland Fisheries and the Trinity River Authority. The two managing partners are Texas Black Bass Unlimited and the Piney Wood Lakes Chapter, Texas
Master Naturalist, and there are an additional 24 partners. The LLFoR accomplishments and future plans were also reviewed. The September 15th Onalaska High School video regarding the first lake planting by students was also shown. To view the video, please click here. Both the New Mexico and our Lake Livingston project are using students in habitat reconstruction. Tom McDonough, the LLFoR Project Director was pleased to present our project to the participants. Next year’s conference will be held in Table Rock, AR.
For more information, please call Tom McDonough at (936) 344-1137 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in having LLFoR project presented to your local affiliation or church group, please contact Tom.
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