After two cancellations due to wet conditions, we were finally able to get the limestone sand into position in the headwaters of Rock Run. The high calcium limestone sand (26 tons, $1,500 – your raffle fundraiser dollars at work) was delivered back on May 6 but we had to wait for conditions up on Laurel Mountain to be right in order to move the sand to the banks of the east fork of Rock Run.
The sand will gradually be swept downstream with rain and runoff becoming a part of the stream bed – acting as a buffer for acid precipitation.
We owe Linn Run Park Manager Doug Finger and his staff a big thank you for their help. Doug was able to bring in some heavy equipment making the work even possible. Even with a front loader and dump bed pick-up, it was a lot of work with Doug making numerous trips with the truck himself.
Ralph Koscianski, Denny Hess and Larry Myers of FTTU were there to help out. With this load, we will be set for at least a couple of years.
Here’s the numbers for our monthly water testing at the mouth of Rock Run.
Air Temperature: 76 degrees F
Water Temperature: 62 degrees F
Linn Run Gauge: 1.73
Linn Run Discharge: 5.84
Alkalinity tends to improve when the flow goes down. This was the lowest flow on our testing days for the year by the Linn Run gauge.
Check out the results from 2018-2109 here – Rock Run Test Results 18-19.
The workday for Rock Run that had been cancelled twice due to wet conditions has been rescheduled for Monday, August 5, 2019, weather permitting. The goal is to move the limestone sand that was delivered in May to position along the stream banks in the headwaters.
If you want to help out or just want to observe and learn more about the project, we are meeting at 9 a.m. at the Linn Run State Park office which is located on Linn Run Road.
Until further notice, the work day scheduled for Monday, July 22, 2019 at Rock Run has been cancelled due to wet conditions.
We were planning on moving the recent shipment of limestone sand into position along the stream in the headwaters, but the ground is too wet for the equipment to get to where the sand is located.
At this time there is no new date. Once conditions improve, we will reschedule.
The 2019 picnic was a big success. Thanks to all of you who attended and to all who purchased raffle tickets. The response to our mailing was outstanding, we sold over 600 tickets through the mail again this year. We had more donations of prizes last year, but this year’s profits nearly equaled 2018. The chapter is in excellent financial standing for 2019-20.
Congratulations to the raffle winners
Headwaters Fly Rod with Reel and Line – Ticket #0046 – Jim Shusko – Slickville, PA
$460.00 Cash Jackpot – Ticket #4330 – Hunter Mohan – Greensburg, PA
Regal Vise – Ticket #4865 – Ed Barger – North Huntingdon, PA
Orvis Clearwater Rod – Ticket #4155 – R.P. Rost – Rector, PA
Umpqua Chest Pack – Ticket #1318 – Rod Cross – Acme, PA
Highest Bidder on Bamboo Walking Staff – Aaron Mitchell – Ohio
We are now on summer vacation. We will reconvene at our September meeting on Wednesday, the 4th at 6:00 pm at the Westmoreland Conservation District Barn in Greensburg. The topic will be “All About Ticks & Mosquitoes”.
The work day on Rock Run scheduled for Monday, June 24th has been cancelled due to wet conditions. The new date is Monday, July 22nd. If you want to volunteer or just observe, we are meeting at the park office on Linn Run Road at 9 am on July 22nd. We will be working with park staff to position limestone sand to the headwaters of the stream.
Here’s the results of our monthly water tests at the mouth of Rock Run for June 2019.
Air Temperature: 64 Degree F
Water Temperature: 55.5 Degrees F
Linn Run Discharge: 21.1
Linn Run Gauge: 1.98
FTTU recently assisted approximately 120, 6th grade students from Ligonier Valley Middle School in releasing brook trout they raised in their classroom over the winter. The event was part of an all-day field trip focused on ecology with multiple learning stations and activities. The activities were split between Linn Run State Park and Loyalhanna Watershed Association’s Nimick Family Education Center.
This was the culmination of the Trout in the Classroom project for the 2018-19 school year. Students searched under stream rocks and in bundles of water-covered decaying leaves to find and identify bugs that fish feed on. Mr. Ryan Podlucky, LVMS’s Health & Physical Education teacher and sponsor of the Outdoor Club noted, “Our students not only gained insight into what it takes to raise our state fish, the Brook Trout, but they learned so much more. They learned the benefits of wetlands and cold water conservation, bug life and identification, and the importance of a well balanced ecological system.”
Check Your Mailbox!
The 2109 FTTU Picnic & Raffle is only a month away. Members should expect to receive an envelope in the mail with 10 raffle tickets, the latest issue of The Trails and a return envelope. If you wish to purchase raffle tickets, simply fill out the top halves with your name and phone number and send them in along with a check for $5.00/ticket using the return envelope provided. Keep the bottom half. There is an order form included in The Trails to fill out if you wish to purchase food tickets for the picnic and/or any additional raffle tickets.
New this year, kids picnic food tickets are available for kids 12 and under for only $5.00! There will be games, fishing and prizes for the kids.
We have an unbelievable line-up of prizes for the raffle including a 7′ 6″ Headwaters bamboo fly rod with bag, case, reel and line, a Regal Medallion vise with bronze base, a 9′ 6 weight Orvis fly rod and an Umpqua Overlook chest pack not to mention a $460.00 46th anniversary cash jackpot! Recently added – a TFO Bug Launcher fly rod.
We will also have as a special silent auction item a handcrafted split bamboo walking staff made by Gig Diorio of Ligonier. Gig spends many painstaking hours splitting, hand planing, gluing and finishing this one-of-a-kind heirloom quality item. You got to see it to believe it!
The picnic will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Kingston Sportsmen’s Club in Kingston, PA – rain or shine.
Raffle winners will be drawn at the picnic. Picnic meal tickets are limited to 150 – first come first served. We will sell meal tickets at the door depending on availability and, of course, raffle tickets will be available to purchase at the picnic. There will also be a 50/50 drawing.
Please consider supporting FTTU by attending the picnic and purchasing some raffle tickets. If you cannot make it to the picnic, you can still buy some raffle tickets – winners do not need to be present, and you do not have to be an FTTU or TU member to participate.
For more information or answers to questions email us at email@example.com.
There will be smaller prizes added and other ticket buying locations announced, so check back here at forbestrailtu.org for updates and availability of tickets.
Click the link to download a picnic ticket order form Picnic Ticket Order Form.
See You There!