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Silver Lake Wilderness Angling Surveys

The Adirondack region of New York has been plagued by acid precipitation for over five decades. Since the passage of the Clean Air Act, New York has witnessed a slow but gradual recovery of some Adirondack aquatic ecosystems. Given this positive shift, DEC needs to assess the occurrence of brook trout in streams, refreshing its historic Adirondack stream fisheries data to include a modern-day assessment of the occurrence of brook trout. Enter Trout Power (www.troutpower.org), a non-profit 501 conservation organization dedicated to documenting, restoring, and enhancing heritage book trout populations and their habitats. This assessment fits in perfectly with Trout Power’s mission.

In 2018 and 2019, Trout Power conducted angling surveys for brook trout in the Silver Lake Wilderness Area in the Adirondacks. Flyrod in hand, Trout Power volunteers braved the Adirondack black fly season to document the presence or absence of brook trout in a select suite of waters. They also recorded any natural or manmade barriers that could impede fish movement. The results of this successful partnership? Brook trout were documented in six of the seven streams, adding to DEC’s data on where brook trout exist in New York and the natural recovery of brook trout from acid rain. Results of the 2018 Silver Lake Wilderness Trout Power Angling Surveys are available as a PDF at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/112889.html. Trout Power volunteers also took tissue samples from brook trout for a genetic analysis study they have undertaken to determine the hereditary nature of these fish.

Partnerships like this help DEC deliver its mission by enhancing the understanding of our fisheries so we can protect and manage a resource of common interest in a collaborative and effective manner.