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February 21 Chapter Meeting, Parrott Orthodontics, 6:30

posted by Jim Josefson

Drone Survey of the Upper South River - James Fulcher, TU
James will be reviewing the footage of the upper river and how that is used to determine placement of structures in the upcoming projects.  Tom Benzing will conduct the short business meeting prior to the presentation.

Upper South River Work Days
Due to weekend weather forecast we have decided to wait until March for trail work.  Tentative dates are March 10 and 24

January Chapter Meeting, Jan. 17, 6:30pm Parrott Ortho

posted Jan 13, 2019, 5:42 PM by Jim Josefson

Chapter Meeting January 17th, 6:30pm at Parrott Orthodontics located at 

17 Gosnell Crossing, Fishersville VA  22939

Our guest for the January meeting will be Seth Coffman, Shenandoah and James River Coordinator for Trout Unlimited.  

Seth will be with us to discuss our project funding for the Upper South River Bank Stabilization Project.  

We will be discussing whether there are any options for matching funds to help us grow this project.
We will also be setting dates for trail maintenance and putting up new signs at the SRA parking areas.
Please come out and join us and bring a fish story or two!

November 15 Chapter Meeting, 6:30 Parrott Ortho

posted Oct 31, 2018, 8:22 AM by Jim Josefson

November 15th Chapter Meeting - 6:30pm at Parrott Orthodontics (17 Gosnell Crossing, off US 250 in Fishersville).

Guest Speaker will be Seth Coffman, Trout Unlimited Virginia Home Rivers Coordinator.  Seth will be joining us to discuss South River projects and other funding sources.


South River Cleanup, November 3, 2018 9am

posted Oct 31, 2018, 8:18 AM by Jim Josefson

South River Cleanup - November 3, 2018 - Group will be meeting at 9am at the Farmers Market Pavilion by the Arch Avenue Parking lot.  Bring gloves, and outdoor work clothes.

Contribute to SVTU's Embrace-a-Stream Challenge

posted Oct 31, 2018, 8:16 AM by Jim Josefson

Please make a donation to our ESA project:


The South River Special Regulations area near Lyndhurst Virginia was opened to angler access in January of 2011.  This section of the South River is fed by numerous limestone springs that keep the river temperatures below 70 degrees even in the hottest summer months.  This section of the river has been stocked with advanced fingerling Brown and Rainbow Trout and has shown reasonable success with holding over and trout growth rates.  Field surveys by VDGIF and by Ecosystem Services along with Trout Unlimited representatives have determined that stream channel over-widening and the resulting lack of cover could be the limiting factor in the trout carrying capacity for this section.  In the fall of 2017 the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited worked with property  owner Dr. Sam Graham to restore approximately 75 feet of stream bank that was eroding back into his property.  This project narrowed the stream channel by approximately 8 feet.  Prior to the project there was no holding cover for trout in the immediate area and trout were rarely seen.  Only weeks after the project, trout were observed in the adjacent channel and have been found there consistently since the completion of the work.  The success of this project and the existence of numerous similar sites downstream of this area led to the planning of 4 additional stream bank restoration sites.  The chapter has determined the budget for these project sites to be approximately $27,000.  The chapter has secured an agreement for donation of the large woody material necessary for the project and we are working toward the goal of raising the $18,000 to fund construction cost.

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South RIver Stocking, Tuesday, October 9th, 11am.

posted Oct 7, 2018, 6:13 PM by Jim Josefson   [ updated Oct 7, 2018, 6:14 PM ]

South River Stocking on Tuesday October 9th at 11:00 am. Meet at the Arch Avenue Parking lot beside Waynesboro Fire Department. Please let Tommy know if you are able to come out and help!

October 11, 2018 Chapter Meeting , 6:30 Parrott Orthodontics

posted Oct 7, 2018, 6:10 PM by Jim Josefson   [ updated Oct 7, 2018, 6:12 PM ]

Chapter Meeting - October 11, 2018 at 6:30pm at Parrott Orthodontics, 17 Gosnell Crossing, Fishersville Virginia 22939


We have been awarded a $4500 grant from TU Embrace a stream for our planned project work on the SRA. We have also been invited to join a challenge fundraiser for Embrace a Stream. We will be reviewing the details of the fundraiser that will offer the opportunity for the chance at matching funds!

February 10, JMU Festival Center, VCTU Meeting on Wild Trout Management Plan

posted Feb 5, 2018, 7:07 AM by Jim Josefson

Our quarterly Council meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 10 at the JMU Festival Center, Allegheny Room in Harrisonburg.  The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

From 10:30 until noon, Paul Bugas and Steve Reeser from VDGIF will join us with information on “Managing Wild Trout in Virginia”.

The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is preparing their Wild Trout Management Plan for Virginia.  Steve Reeser, district fisheries biologist, is taking the lead on drafting the plan and he and Paul Bugas, aquatics manager for Region IV, will present their ideas and the expected timeline for the plan.  They are seeking input from stakeholders including Trout Unlimited and hope to finalize the plan during 2018.  This plan will complement the Stocked Trout Management Plan that DGIF completed in 2016.i

Chapter Meeting Schedule

posted Dec 17, 2017, 7:55 AM by Jim Josefson   [ updated Feb 5, 2018, 7:10 AM ]

2018 Shenandoah Valley Trout Unlimited Meeting Schedule
January 18th - 6:30pm at Parrott Orthodontics
Aaron Revere of RES - South River Settlement Projects

February 15th - 6:30 pm Parrott Orthodontics

Dr. Tom Benzing - JMU - 2017 Summer Temperature study

March 15th - 6:30pm Parrott Orthodontics

S V TU Christmas Dinner

posted Dec 17, 2017, 7:52 AM by Jim Josefson

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