Cob van de Sande holds a brook trout he caught below the Orange River dam. Jacob van de Sande, land protection project manager for Maine Coast Heritage Trust, will give a presentation titled “H2O- Headwaters to Ocean, Maine Coast Heritage Trust Rivers Initiative” at the Feb. 20 meeting of Georges River Trout Unlimited’s Downeast chapter at Pat’s Pizza in Ellsworth.

Trout Unlimited meeting scheduled in Ellsworth Feb. 20



ELLSWORTH — Georges River Trout Unlimited will host a Downeast Chapter meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Pat’s Pizza in Ellsworth.

Jacob van de Sande, land protection project manager for Maine Coast Heritage Trust, will give a presentation at 7 p.m. titled “H2O – Headwaters to Ocean, Maine Coast Heritage Trust Rivers Initiative.”

The talk will explain why MCHT is engaged in river conservation, how it selected focus rivers and the status of its work in the Bagaduce, Narraguagus and Orange watersheds.

Van de Sande has worked for Maine Coast Heritage Trust since 2014. Before MCHT, he worked for the Downeast Salmon Federation for 14 years as hatchery manager and outreach and education coordinator, focused on salmon and sea-run fish conservation and restoration in Washington County.

Van de Sande has a master’s degree in fisheries from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. He lives with his wife and children in East Machias and is passionate about all types of outdoor recreation from hunting and fishing to boating, skiing and snowkiting.

Trout Unlimited is a nonprofit organization with a mission dedicated to conserve, protect and restore North America’s cold water fisheries and their watersheds.

The Feb. 20 meeting will begin at 5 p.m. with an informal board meeting. Dinner and conversation will follow at 6, followed by the featured presentation at 7. Meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Tammy Packie at 288-5442 or [email protected]

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