Saving Chautauqua's Muskies
Speaker/Guide: Fletcher Ward
Location: Lakeside porch of the Youth Activities Center near Heinz Beach
Fletcher Ward is a fourth generation resident of Bemus Point, his great grandfather having piloted several of Chautauqua Lake’s steamboats and established the ice crème stand which later became Ward’s and ultimately became the Italian Fisherman. Fletcher is a 1971 graduate of Kent State University. He was employed for 29 years as environmental health and safety director of Signore, Inc. division of American Locker Group. An avowed “lake rat” and historian, Ward has written four books on Chautauqua Lake and is currently researching for a fifth work. Fletcher’s presentation will be based on his book, Saving Chautauqua’s Muskies, a story of a few men who brought this great fish back from endangerment. Fletcher will also provide information on the status of Chautauqua’s Muskies based on data from the Prendergast Hatchery.
With a focus on land conservation and watershed education, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, a 501C3 is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Working with residents, landowners, landscapers, developers, contractors, public officials, and governmental entities, CWC promotes best land management practices and preserves and restores the waterways/sheds of the region. CWC has led efforts resulting in the conservation of more than 1,000 acres of land and 2 miles of shoreline! chautauquawatershed.org