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Posted on: October 4, 2017

Volunteers from Trout Unlimited & Orvis Make An Impact at Vinyard Park

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Last weekend the Roanoke Valley hosted the national Trout Unlimited Conference, drawing fishing enthusiasts and professionals from around the country to our area. On Sunday, October 1 volunteers from Trout Unlimited, Orvis, and the Roanoke College Fly Fishing Club came out to Vinyard Park to plant riparian vegetation along Glade Creek. The group planted 10 trees, with funding from the Orvis “Embrace A Stream” program. This project will help improve water quality along the creek, which in the long term encourages trout populations to return to the watershed

 “It’s a long term investment,” said Mark Taylor, Communications Director for Trout Unlimited. “From the ground up you put a little bit in and over time it grows and grows and grows. It’s a long-term, decades long effort that we hope pays off.  With these trees, shade is a critical thing.  They provide some stabilization to the bank, but ultimately the shade will keep the water temperature down.”

Volunteers see the project as a way to leave a legacy for future generations. Jeff Yates is Director of Volunteer Operations with Trout Unlimited. “For me, I’m a father of two girls ages 8 and 9. When I was younger and got involved with Trout Unlimited around their age, it was about making the river better so the fishing was better.  That’s still part of what it’s all about. But more than anything, I’m helping and we’re all helping to make these rivers better and healthier for our kids and grandkids. That’s one of the best legacies we can leave is making sure that we leave this place, this river, this park better for the generations to come!”

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