Downeast Trout Unlimited meeting scheduled Feb. 17

ELLSWORTH — Downeast Trout Unlimited will present speakers from The Nature Conservancy in Maine at its online meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17. A business meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., followed by the speakers. At 5:45, Josh Royte will provide an overview of the conservancy’s projects in Maine. That will be followed at 6:15 by a talk by Ben Matthews, “River Restoration Techniques for Preserving Habitat.”

Royte is senior conservation scientist for The Nature Conservancy in Maine. His work encompasses large forest and river networks conservation planning, restoration and monitoring to detect change. He facilitates partnerships to implement conservation actions across broad ecoregions or site-specific locales on behalf of natural resources and the people who depend on them.

Matthews is a watershed restoration scientist for the conservancy. With a focus on reconnecting diadromous fish migration routes, he works with state and municipal officials to restore fish passage and increase flood resiliency in critical geographies across the state. He is heavily involved in the full spectrum of this work, from the development of decision support tools to providing construction oversight for project implementation.

The meeting is free and will be held via Zoom at the following link: Registration is required.

Trout Unlimited is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and conservation of North American cold water fish species and their habitat. Membership is open to all. Go to to join and use chapter code 305 for Downeast Trout Unlimited.

Contact Tammy Packie at 288-5442 or [email protected] for more information.

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