October 5 Speaker- Jim Cummins on N. Branch of the Potomac

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Jim Cummin's Oct 5 presentation will be about "When Trout and Trees Were Old - Humans and Environmental Change in the Potomac and its North Branch."

It will be an entertaining and educational overview of how changing landscapes from 1700-to-present have and still do affect trout and fishing in the North Branch, Potomac River.

Please come prepared to be surprised. For instance: Learn what an 1850s North Branch trout fishing trip was like.

Your future trips to the North Branch should be with new perspectives.

Jim's impressive bio, below, has more details

Formerly the Director of the Living Resources of the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin. I have a Masters of Science (1985) in Biology from George Washington University. My projects included biological assessments of streams in WV, MD, PA and DC, environmental flow studies, habitat restoration and fish passage, especially in regard to the Little Falls Dam near Washington, D.C. and a linked American shad stocking program with integrated student and volunteer involvement. During the 1980s and early 1990s I conducted ecological and fisheries surveys of the North Branch. Authored “Flowing to the Future,” a 1995 plan for improving the North Branch, Potomac River which mitigating long-standing acidic mine drainage problems, developed an exceptional trout fishery, and helped improve the economy in that watershed (region). In the final years of my career I chaired the North Branch Potomac River Advisory Committee. Managed and was the primary author for a multi-disciplinary planning project which produced "The Potomac River Watershed Visions Report." This report became the foundation for the nomination and eventual designation of the Potomac River as one of the nation's Heritage Rivers. Principal ecologist for Anacostia River restoration (urban/suburban impacts).


Association of Mid-Atlantic Aquatic Biologist. Founding Board Member (2005)
President 2006, 2012.
Maryland Water Monitoring Council Board Member 2002-2007
Co-Chair, Monitoring and Assessment
Subcommittee, 2003- 2015
Jefferson County, WV, Public Service District. Board Member 2008-2013, Chair 2012+2013.
The Jefferson County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, 2006 – present.

RECOGNITIONS INCLUDE: 1) Field and Stream Magazine: 2006 “Hero of Conservation” award, Finalist in its first year, 2) American Sportfishing Association’s 2006 “Future of Fishing” Award, 3) Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and American Fly Fishing Tackle Association’s 2004 Award for American Shad Restoration, presented by then Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton and 4) The Potomac River Smallmouth Bass Club’s Conservationist of the Year (1998).