Volunteers Construct 530 Fish Shelters
By Park Ranger Chris Hannaford
ENID LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Enid Lake extends a huge thank-you to all the volunteers that participated in Enid Lake’s Annual Habitat Day.
Two-hundred and ten volunteers accompanied by an additional 30 Corps of Engineers and Ferguson and Williams contract employees participated in the event. Volunteers used 1,500 trees and 1,500 stakes to construct approximately 530 shelters. These structures were strategically placed and anchored in many locations throughout the following areas: Wallace Creek, Hubbard Creek, Bean Creek and Robinson Crossing.
These man-made structures will provide future shelters for bait fish, which are needed to sustain a healthy population of larger game fish. Due to the hard work of these volunteers, this effort will provide many enjoyable days of fishing in the future.
This year’s event began with a hearty breakfast, followed by instructions and a safety review. After instructions were given, everyone headed out to assigned work areas for a morning of placing cedar trees and wooden stakes on the barren mudflats.
Upon completion of work everyone returned to the Corps of Engineers Maintenance Shop to enjoy a wonderful barbeque lunch prepared by Gene Dunn and Sylva Rena Grocery, along with the awarding of door prizes.
The Enid Lake staff would also like to thank all sponsors of the 2009 Habitat Day. Without the generous donations Enid Lake Habitat Day would have not been possible.
Clean-up Day Scheduled Feb. 28
“Clean-Up Day”, will be hosted on February 28, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. All volunteers will receive a cap or t-shirt, and be treated to a delicious lunch, and awarding of door prizes. If you would like more information on this event or want to participate, please contact the Enid Lake Field Office by calling 662-563-4571 or call Gary Williamson with the Enid Lake Volunteers For Waste Management at 662-473-3209.
Applications Accepted For Springdale Turkey Hunt
Officials at Enid Lake are now accepting applications for a special turkey hunt at the Springdale Wildlife Management Area.
Applications for the hunt may be obtained from the Enid Lake Field Office or from public service announcements published in the area newspapers. All applications must be returned to the Enid Lake Field Office no later than 9 a.m., March 2.
This year’s hunt will be divided into three sessions with each session restricted to a maximum of 30 hunters. A public drawing will be held at the Enid Lake Field Office at 10 a.m. on March 2, to determine who will be eligible to hunt in the three sessions.
Bag limit is one adult gobbler or a gobbler with six-inch or longer beard per day, three per hunting session, which is also state law. The first session will be for young hunters, 10-15 years of age, and will consist of seven days, March 7-13. An adult at least 21 years of age must accompany these young hunters.
The second session will be seven days, March 14-20, and will be for adult hunters, age 16 and up. The third session will be seven days, March 21- 27, and will also be for hunters age 16 and up. The Resource Manager of Enid Lake, Billy J. Samuels, or his designated representative will issue all permits.
In addition to state laws, participants will also be required to comply with special regulations for the Springdale Wildlife Management area. For more information contact Mike Robinson, Ranger for the Corps of Engineers at Enid Lake, at phone 662-563-4571.