Vermont Fish & Wildlife discuss the Battenkill River

The Battenkill River. Photo provided.

LONDONDERRY, Vt. – The Battenkill River is one of Vermont’s pre-eminent wild trout streams, but a near collapse of the brown trout population in the 1990s found that a lack of in-stream cover was leading to low survival of midsize trout – contributing to the population decline.

Lee Simard, a fisheries biologist for the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife manages and protects fish populations and their habitats in lakes and streams in southern Vermont. On Friday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m., he will be at the Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections to discuss instream habitat improvement projects on the Battenkill, which have resulted in an increase in the fish population across multiple age classes and how collaboration with watershed groups, Federal and State agencies, and other dedicated organizations is improving the overall health of the Battenkill watershed.

This presentation is offered at no charge, but call 802-824-4343 to attend.

The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections is located in Londonderry’s Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office. Check out our website at and please like us on Facebook.

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