October 8, 2014:
Following a brief business meeting to consider the slate of officers for 2014-15, receive nominations from the floor and vote, Kiki Galvin will give us her tips on how to spend "More time fishing, less time with equipment." Kiki is a local flyfishing guide, teacher and casting instructor who has actively supported Trout Unlimited and Project Healing Waters over many years and we are so pleased that she can be with us at our October Meeting. Meetings start with social time at 7:15, and the programs begin at 8:00. See "Meetings" page for more information.
Kiki Galvin, October speaker
Updated: 9-19-2014 by TOM
The National Capital Chapter of Trout Unlimited (NCC-TU) is a non-profit organization established to protect, enhance, and restore coldwater fishing resources of North America, particularly those in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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South Mountain is a complex place. It lies to the west of Gettysburg and to the east of Chambersburg and Carlisle in south-central Pennsylvania. It is the southern boundary of the Cumberland Valley. To geologists it is a maze of various rock formations, intrusions, faults and other geologic processes. To early settlers it was a barrier to go around rather than over. Settlement on South Mountain began only after the good farmland on either side was taken.
The mountain has seen its share of environmental insults. It has been mined for iron ore. Goethite and limonite – the brown ores they are sometimes called – was the iron ore for the furnaces along South Mountain. The furnaces operated from the early nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. Charcoal was used to fuel the furnaces to make the iron. The charcoal was made from the trees in the forests that covered the mountain. The furnaces consumed about 1 acre of trees per day in the form of charcoal. As a result the mountain has been logged, logged again and, in parts, logged yet again. Forest fires have swept it in its entirety and a few are recorded as burning from Fayetteville to Dillsburg across the entire mountain. It is a wonder that South Mountain is anything but a barren landscape.
But nature is resilient. If given a chance, wounds from past environmental insults will heal. One of the resources to rebound was the clear, clean water of Conococheague Creek