re: Re: protection of brown trout information/referral (fwd)

RobertJones at state.de.us
Mon, 12 Feb 96 9:13:30 EST

Peter, while it certainly would seem that the protection and preservation of
native species would be a more noble project, finding fault with a project
with the stated purpose of preserving open lands and limiting parking lots in
a county bordering the urban/suburban sprawl of D.C. seems a bit mis-guided.
This especially when compounded with assumptions about existing or displaced
native species, and the possibility that introduced exotics are having a
negative impact on the "Garden of Eden" ecosystem that should be available in
Montgomery County, Maryland. The fact of the matter is that a great deal of
the concern for and funding of projects to protect and preserve lakes and
rivers in this country - and the diversity of flora and fauna that they
support - comes directly out of the pockets of anglers. And, anglers like to
fish for trout. If the folks in Maryland are asking for information that will
help them improve the water quality their portion of the Potomac River's
watershed to a level that will support and protect brown trout, we should
respect their efforts and offer our assistence rather than criticize their
good intentions.