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Spring Bear Creek Conservation Project & Fishing Contest

Colorado Trout Unlimited
Event organized by Colorado Trout Unlimited

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Conservation Project Summary: Join the Cutthroat Chapter Saturday April 28, 2017 on urban Bear Creek to celebrate Earth Day in cooperation with the City of Lakewood. After a lite provided breakfast we will help restore a nearby riparian area by planting willows, cottonwoods, and other native plants. After a provided lunch we will return to the stream for a low key three hour fishing contest with acknowledgements for angling achievements such as most fish caught and most flies lost. The data gained from the contest will help Colorado Parks and Wildlife in their hope to restore the brown trout fishery that historically resided in those waters.

RSVP: Please RSVP to George Franklin at georgefr@aol.com or 303.902.9827 to ensure for the appropriate amount of food and materials. All volunteers should also visit the City of Lakewood website individually and register for the Earth Day Volunteer Project at http://www.lakewood.org/BCLPEvents/

Project Location: Bear Creek Lake Park and Bear Creek Greenbelt
Difficulty Rating: Easy
Project Times: 8:30am-4pm
Meeting Location: Bear Creek Lake Park, Meadowlark Picnic Area at 8:30am. From C470, exit at W. Morrison Road, just east of the town of Morrison. Proceed through the west park entrance. Entry is free to volunteers. Proceed to Meadowlark Picnic Area.
Number of Volunteers Anticipated: As many as possible; no maximum
Conservation Project Details: 8:30am-noon. Bring gloves, appropriate clothing, drinking water, and sunscreen. The park will provide all necessary tools. A lite breakfast will be served and release forms for CCTU and City of Lakewood will be signed. Work teams will be assigned and CCTU workers will carpool to the Bear Creek Greenbelt area. Native plants for revegetation will be provided. We will plant samplings until noon, when we will return to Bear Creek Lake Park for provided lunch.
Fishing Contest Location and Purpose: 1pm-4pm. Bear Creek Greenbelt area. The conservation purpose of this low key contest is to provide Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) and the City of Lakewood with a list and count of catchable species in urban Bear Creek. The long term goal of both these organizations is to restore this stretch as a brown trout fishery.
Fishing Contest Rules: You may compete as an individual, though teams of mentors and inexperienced folks are encouraged. Contestants will keep a log of species, numbers, sizes, and locations of all fish caught in the time allotted. Tongue-in-cheek tokens of appreciation of angling prowess will be handed out to teams for most fish caught, most flies lost, or any other category we manage to come up with. Suggestions for other categories worthy of appreciation are welcomed!
Contest Restrictions: Since this will be actual data will be used by CPW and the City of Lakewood, angling exaggerations must be avoided. In light of this requirement, certain CCTU board members have been asked not to compete. We are not going to name names, but you will see who doesn’t show up!