What steps are being taken to protect and restore the state’s brook trout population? Join John Magee of NH Fish and Game as he discusses current efforts to restore eastern brook trout habitat throughout the state. John has spent the past five years monitoring and restoring Nash Stream in northern New Hampshire, and this past summer, he began work on streams in the Mt. Washington Valley with Tin Mountain and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).


John Magee has a B.A. in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Maine. He has worked on diverse aquatic topics ranging from water quality, animal physiology, fish ecology and migratory behavior, and more recently, on fish habitat restoration and protection at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.


John will present his research on brook trout habitat use and ecology at Nash Stream State Forest. Results indicate the boundaries of streams do not end at the edge of the water (in fact, they extend far into the forest), and healthy brook trout populations depend on healthy forests and the nutrients, leaves, and woody material they provide to the stream. John also will describe how this information was used by the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and NH Fish and Game Department to restore brook trout habitat in Chatham, Conway, and Tamworth


Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s Nature Programs are sponsored in part by LL Bean and the Evenor Armington Fund.  Donations of $3 per person and $5 per family are appreciated; members are free. For more information or for reservations, call 447-6991.