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2023 Annual Business Meeting

November 3, 2023 @ 8:00 am - November 5, 2023 @ 5:00 pm CDT

$100.00

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The Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership (RFHP) will be holding its 13th Annual Meeting in Morristown, Tennessee. Thanks to Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for hosting!

Agenda

Download the complete agenda here: Meeting-Agenda_2023

Schedule at a Glance

  • Thursday – November 2, 2023
    • arrive at hotel
    • limited transportation arrangements can be made via TWRA personnel – car pooling from airport
    • dinner on your own
  • Friday – November 3, 2023
    • workshop – TVA
    • lunch (provided by RFHP)
    • field trip and/or habitat build
    • dinner on your own
  • Saturday – November 4, 2023
    • business meeting AM
    • lunch (provided by RFHP)
    • technical sessions PM
    • banquet
  • Sunday – November 5, 2023
    • technical sessions AM
    • noon – adjourn – lunch on your own

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will be hosting a workshop consisting of their experts in the fields of:

  • River and reservoir operations – operation of dams and water with multiple stakeholders interests in mind.
  • 26 a permitting – requirements and how to of applying for permits, allowing fish habitat to be placed in aquatic environments.
  • Shoreline stabilization – methods and techniques for shoreline stabilization across different types of waterbodies.
  • Aquatic plants – identification, treatment, and solutions for dealing with common non-native, native, and invasive aquatic plants.

Each presenter will be giving information pertaining to their areas of expertise with time for questions and discussion.

November 4

Table Rock and Bull Shoals Lakes Habitat Improvement Projects and Evaluation

Shane Bush
Missouri Department of Conservation
11/04/2023
02:50 PM
Additional Co-Authors

  • Andy Turner
Abstract

In 2007, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), in cooperation with Bass Pro Shops, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Table Rock Lake Water Quality Inc. and many other partners began the National Fish Habitat Initiative (NFHI) project to sustain and improve the degrading physical habitat within Table Rock Lake. The project began in October 2007 and continued through December 2013 with funding totaling four million dollars. During this timeframe, a total of 2,024 fish habitat structures were installed in Table Rock Lake. In addition to Table Rock Lake, from 2016-2018, 193 brush piles were installed in Bull Shoals Lake and Norfork Lake utilizing NFHI funding.
In 2022, MDC received a grant from Bass Pro Shops to replenish 645 brushpiles on Table Rock Lake and 35 brushpiles on Bull Shoals Lake to ensure they remain viable as fish attractors for anglers as well as serve as nursery habitats for sportfish recruitment in aging reservoirs where littoral habitat is degrading. This project began in November 2022 and will continue through December 2023. As of May 2023, 371 brushpiles have been rebuilt and 19 new brushpiles have been built in Table Rock Lake and 27 brushpiles have been rebuilt and 6 new brushpiles have been built in Bull Shoals Lake. The GPS locations of these brushpiles can be found on the MDC website at: https://mdc.mo.gov/fishing/where-fish.

In 2021, MDC began evaluating the longevity of brushpiles installed in Table Rock Lake and Bull Shoals Lake. Structures were given a ranking of 1-4 based on the amount of deterioration and this ranking system will be used to determine at what age a structure needs to be rebuilt. Preliminary results indicate that both cedar and hardwood structures should be replaced at least every 10 years. Based on the number of structures in each lake, approximately 5% of habitat structures should be rebuilt each year. Fish use evaluation of habitat structures using Garmin Livescope began in 2022 to further evaluate fish use of structures based on their condition. Structures from one to 14 years old are currently being evaluated in Table Rock Lake and seasonal use of brushpiles is being evaluated in Bull Shoals Lake.

This project builds upon a long-standing public/private partnership in southwest Missouri to improve and restore fish habitat and provides an excellent opportunity to proactively maintain and enhance fish habitat in two of the Midwest's most popular sport fisheries. The work that has been and continues to be conducted on these projects has served as a national example of sustaining and improving reservoir sport fish populations through large-scale habitat improvements.


November 5

 

Zoom Access

Topic: FOR Annual Meeting (the complete meeting agenda and abstracts are posted on the website)

Time: Nov 3, 2023 07:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Every day, 3 occurrence(s)

Nov 3, 2023 Meeting starts at 8:30                  AM Workshop and Field Trip

Nov 4, 2023 Meeting starts at 8:30                  AM Business meeting and afternoon technical presentations

Nov 5, 2023 Meeting starts at 8:30 AM          Technical presentations.

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Daily: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZAud-mqqTgvEtLXV7t5P80s7KaEl-51aWrZ/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGsrTsqGNOWtRGBRpwIA4igc-rwtnZYj7dxpCmyF3VjOlPlYclDF74yRYnR

 

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Meeting ID: 843 0027 3586

Passcode: 374154

Reserve Your Room

We have sought all government rates possible for nearby hotels. Below are the best prices we could negotiate for this conference.

Fairfield Inn & Suites

The new block is at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Morristown for $119/night + taxes.

  • Check in date is set for: Thursday, Nov 2nd
  • Check out date is set for: Sunday, Nov 5th
  • These dates can be altered for each person's needs. They aren't required to stay on those exact dates.

Please book as soon as possible to ensure you get the negotiated rate. All persons booking in the block will be required to provide a valid credit card to guarantee their reservation.

Click here to book your hotel now!

Other Options

Best Western Plus Morristown (10 minute drive)

The Government rate appears to available for online booking: https://www.bookonline.com/hotel/best-western-plus-morristown-conference-center-hotel?gclid=Cj0KCQjwsp6pBhCfARIsAD3GZuY4XuozHnH2NuhF9mySIB9oxKfTOr8FuTmZhjviN-8qH0-hdCyGPCgaAlRxEALw_wcB#room-types

Note this is not an official block.

Other Hotels

Other hotels nearby will likely offer the Government rate, but not as a block at this time. Feel free to contact other hotels in the area such as the Hampton Inn.

Holiday Inn & Suites - BLOCK FULL

The block is at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Morristown, Tennessee, and includes 15 King rooms & 24 Two Queen Rooms @ the Government rate of $98+ taxes per room per night. People booking can choose from the room type available at the time of their booking.

  • Check in date is set for: Thursday, Nov 2nd
  • Check out date is set for: Sunday, Nov 5th
  • These dates can be altered for each person's needs. They aren't required to stay on those exact dates.

Cut off to book at this group rate is Oct 20, 2023.  Any inquiries after the cutoff date will be offered whatever the rack rate is at the time of their inquiry. All persons booking in the block will be required to provide a valid credit card to guarantee their reservation.

Click here to book your room today!

Please let Rebecca know if you have any trouble with the link. The group rate code is FSH and should automatically show itself for the dates above.

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Plan on Fishing

A networking event will occur Friday, November 3 after the workshop. Please indicate your interest during your registration, and we will accommodate as many as possible.

Please ensure you have your fishing license for Tennessee.  TWRA offers a 3-day license (as well as others) which can include trout if desired. Purchase your license here: https://gooutdoorstennessee.com/ViewPackage.aspx?pid=17&lrtid=2&annual=0

Details

Start:
November 3, 2023 @ 8:00 am CDT
End:
November 5, 2023 @ 5:00 pm CDT
Cost:
$100.00
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Organizers

John Hammonds
Doug Nygren

Venue

Cherokee Reservoir