The gratification that comes from habitat improvement on a local body of water is both instant and long-term.
A lake cleanup or shoreline makeover shows immediately, and all the work performed by B.A.S.S. Federation Nation members is evident.
Conversely, adding habitat to your favorite fishery can pay dividends for years, while you get to catch big numbers of nice-sized bass!
For these reasons, Habitat Improvement is the biggest category in the 2011 Annual Achievements in Conservation report. Here's a breakdown of what members did in 2011 alone:
7,366 acres cleaned/improved
21 meetings held
350 water willows planted
1,662 artificial habitats placed
Other projects include the following:
The Last Cast Club in New Hampshire sponsors a lake cleanup after its kids tournament. A local Cub Scout troop participates, and the scouts can earn a conservation badge for their efforts. In all, 32 volunteers participated in 2011.
The Satilla Bass Anglers in Georgia provided assistance at the 2011 Georgia DNR Jakes Day. Four members collected trash and provided tackle to the youth.
Members of the Alabama B.A.S.S. Federation Nation worked to help identify and assist with the modification of 303(d)-listed streams. The project was called Clean Water Partnerships and affected the Warrior and Lower Chattahoochee watersheds.
The Inland Empire Bass Club of Washington spent 25 man-hours helping to assemble Pot Holes Habitat Project habitat structures and loading them onto the habitat release barge.
The Washington State Pond Jumperz completed two boat launch and lakeside cleanup projects, one in the spring on Lake Samish and one on Lake Terrell, both in Whatcom County. The projects brought in seven bags of waste from both lakes.
The Canyon Bass Club of San Marcos, Texas, conducted its ongoing spider block/brushpile project on Canyon Lake in 2011. Six volunteers contributed 84 hours throughout the year.
Each year, the Table Rock Bassmasters from Missouri take the Christmas trees from the holiday display at Silver Dollar City, an area theme park, and sink them in Table Rock Lake to enhance the bass habitat. In 2011, 17 participants dedicated a total of 110 man-hours to the tree drop.
Twenty-five children involved with Randleman Outdoors Youth Organization in North Carolina completed several projects at Randleman Lake, including building and supplying picnic tables for boat ramps and pier fishing areas; building and supplying duck boxes and blue bird boxes for areas around the lake; and supplying trash receptacles at boat ramps. The children, along with three adults, donated 40 hours of their time to complete the projects.
The Marietta Bassmasters of Georgia held a cleanup day at Lake Allatoona, in which they competed to bring in the boat with the most trash. The 14 volunteers picked up tires, Styrofoam, bottles and all other types of debris.
Four members of the Southern Bass Professionals in Georgia collected used line from anglers at the Highland Marina Georgia State Championship Tournament on West Point Lake. The line was disposed of in Georgia B.A.S.S. Federation Nation collection containers to be recycled later.