VFW Sets Meeting Date For January 17
Veterans of Foreign Wars and VFW Ladies Auxiliary will have their monthly meeting Thursday, January 17, beginning at 7 p.m. All members are urged to attend—your presence is needed. Both organizations are seeking new members.
Lewis Memorial Service
A Memorial Service for Nicky Lewis will be held Saturday, January 26, 2008, beginning at 6:00 p.m., at the Water Valley Church of Christ.
Enid Lake’s Habitat Day Will Be Feb. 2
By Chris Hannaford
Enid Lake’s Annual Habitat Day has been scheduled for Saturday, February 2, with activities beginning at 7 a.m. at the Enid Lake Field Office. The Habitat Day organizational meeting for all persons interested in participating will be held at the Enid Lake Field Office Thursday night, January 17, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.
Prior to 1993, when the first Habitat Day was held at Enid Lake, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contracted the placement of fish shelters in the lake. Due to budget and manpower constraints, it became necessary for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to look for other means of accomplishing this endeavor. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Enid Lake met with several fishing clubs and groups of sportsmen, and the “Enid Lake Habitat Volunteer Association” was formed. These volunteers recognized the importance of preserving the fisheries habitat and since the inception of Habitat Day; they have participated in this event.
As many people are aware, Enid Lake is a flood control project and lake levels are dramatically lower during the winter months. These lower lake levels present an excellent opportunity to build fish shelters which will attract fish. Due to over 50 years of inundation, much of the bottom of Enid Lake is flat and featureless.
These unproductive areas can be changed to productive areas by constructing fish shelters, which provide food and cover for bait fish. It doesn’t take long for the game fish such as bass, bream, and crappie to figure out that these areas are where lunch is being served. Over the years, Habitat Day Volunteers have built various types of structures, including cedar tree shelters, and stake beds.
This year, Habitat Day Volunteers will divided into groups, with groups working at Billy’s and Mooney Creek located on the south side of the lake. Volunteers can access Billy’s Creek off of County Roads 49 and 53, and access Mooney Creek off of County Roads 18 and 431. Volunteers will also be working at the Wildcat Brake area, which is located on the far east end of the lake off of County Road 494. Plans are to construct approximately 830 cedar tree shelters on the day of the event.
Volunteers of all ages are needed to accomplish this endeavor. Work will include dragging cedar trees with ATV’s, tying and anchoring cedar trees with concrete weights and ties, and driving wooden stakes with post drivers.
Volunteers are asked to bring their ATV’s to assist in placing cedar trees in the proper locations. If you don’t have an ATV and still would like to participate don’t worry; there will be plenty to do including hooking and unhooking trees to and from ATV’s, tying and anchoring shelters, and constructing wooden stake beds.
Habitat Day will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday, February 2, with volunteers meeting at the Enid Lake Field Office located on the north end of Enid Dam. Volunteers will register, enjoy sausage and biscuits, juice and coffee, receive safety tips and instructions, and divide into groups to work in designated areas during the Habitat Day Activities.
After a morning of constructing fish shelters, volunteers will return to Enid Lake’s Maintenance Shop for lunch and a drawing for door prizes.
Everyone interested in maintaining quality fish habitat and fishing now enjoyed at Enid Lake is invited to attend the Enid Lake Habitat Day organizational meeting Thursday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m., and Enid Lake Habitat Day Saturday, February 2.
For more information on the Enid Lake Habitat Day Activities contact the Enid Lake Field Office at 662-563-4571.