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Duck Trap River with Tim Shaw via Zoom

April 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Trout Unlimited refocuses efforts on Priority Waters in Maine
Nationwide, new conservation and restoration initiative is targeting 200+ priority watersheds
Lincolnville, ME—In a new strategic initiative, Trout Unlimited is re-focusing efforts on a national network
of more than 200 “Priority Waters” – including 13 in Maine – where its work can have the greatest
impact on the conservation of wild and native trout and salmon watersheds and the communities that
rely on them.
The Ducktrap River in Waldo County has been designated a Priority Water
As part of Merryspring Nature Center’s Tuesday Talk series, on April 30, 2024 the Georges River Chapter
of Trout Unlimited (GRTU) will be giving a presentation on the Ducktrap River and why it is of such
importance to the ecology of the midcoast.
“The Priority Waters selected in Maine represent the best opportunities we have to conserve and
recover wild trout and salmon,” said Roy Hitchings, President of the GRTU in midcoast Maine. “Working
together, we can meet the moment and apply all of our collective resources where they’ll have the
greatest impact “
Trout Unlimited works at a national scale to protect and recover waters through partnerships, policy
advocacy, science-driven restoration, and community engagement. Working with volunteers and trusted
partners, TU developed the focused list of Priority Waters state-by-state to channel where its efforts will
be most effective for native and wild trout and salmon.
“The work we do in Maine includes restoring rivers, removing dams, replacing culverts to reconnect
habitat, and pushing for smarter and more effective management of wild and native populations.”, said
Roy Hitchings. This work has the additional benefits of improving local water quality, and reducing flood
Learn more about TU’s Priority Waters initiative, and how volunteers and communities can support the
work, at https://prioritywaters.tu.org, a new site featuring maps and state-by-state breakdowns.
Learn more about GRTU’s recent conservation efforts on the Ducktrap River at



April 30
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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