Stream Projects and Nature Day contact:
Ranger Cheryl Waltz firstname.lastname@example.org
South Mountains State Park
3001 South Mountains Park Avenue Connelly Springs, NC 28612
The conservation effort at South Mountian State Park is a joint multi-year (2013-2018) partnering program to enhance the preservation, protection and management of the wild and native trout in the South Mountains of North Carolina. The conservation effort is sponsored by NC State Parks and Rocky River Trout Unlimited as well as supported by NC WIldlife Resources Commission, NC state council Trout Unlimited, and Trout Unlimited national.
As North Carolinians we are extremely fortunate to have a large portion of the South Mountains as a state park. This very unique, stand-alone mountain range with several cold water mountain streams contains healthy populations of wild and native trout. South Mountain State Park preserves, protects and manages over 18,000 acres in and around the central mountain peaks which include the pristine headwaters of Jacob Fork which flows to the East, Henry Fork which flows to the North and Clear Creek which flows to the west. The headwaters which flow to the South are entirely in the South Mountain Game Lands which borders the Park and not within the Park boundary.
Trout Enhancement and Restoration (TER)
We have established four (4) objectives to complete within a 3-5 year time frame. Actual restoration of a stream to native trout depends on a confidence level that the appropriate strain of brook trout exists, can be transplanted without harm to the source stream and that there is an appropriate habitat available within the park that can successfully sustain a native trout population.
TER Initiative Objectives:
Identify, prioritize and complete cold water conservationprojects within South Mountain State Park that are defined while executingthe Trout Enhancement and Restoration (TER) initiative.
Develop a comprehensive profile of wild and native trout populations within South Mountain State Park.
Provide a general education to anglers and the general public in regards to wild and native trout populations within the South Mountains.
Restore one or more selected headwater tributaries within South Mountain State Park to native trout if deemed appropriate by state-of-the-art scientific methods.
Note: Appropriate habitat criteria include locating a natural barrier that can effectively protect a population of re-established native trout.