Last week LOSTU pitched in with the fisheries team from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and fellow TU volunteers from Tuckaseegee and Little River Chapters to help native Brook Trout reclaim Little Cataloochee Creek and its tributaries. We were racing to complete the project ahead of hurricane Irma and a great team effort, led by GSMNP Head Fisheries Biologist Matt Kulp, was able to get the job done just in time. The task involved electroshock surveys, the temporary removal of native Brook Trout to sanctuary and the removal of non-native Rainbows to a point below a natural barrier. It was hard work but fun and highly educational as well. There are more opportunities coming up to volunteer to help our only native “trout.” Stay tuned and when the time comes, pitch in!