WMLF 2011 Winter Update

 
2011 is quickly coming to a close, marking the end of our second full season. White Mountain Lakes Foundation (WMLF) has made good progress this past year towards improving the quality of fishing in Arizona. Our membership grew significantly, and now numbers over 100, thanks to the support of several clubs getting involved. The Becker Lake project was started with pads cleared for campground hosts, electrical services installed and sanitation facilities improved. Having a lake host on site has made a big difference in turning Becker into a quality fishery.

The Wallow Fire put a halt to getting concrete pads for the lake hosts trailers poured this summer. Funds are set aside for their completion as soon as weather allows. After several WMLF board meetings it was decided there were funds available to make additional improvements as well. They include some landscaping (although I hate to ruin the beautiful lunar landscape there now), placement of a permanent bench to accommodate fishermen donning waders, internet connection for the host and possibly an electric gate at the entrance.

Our next project is obtaining portable aerators for Crescent. These portable aerators will improve trout survival rates in lakes like Crescent and Luna through both the long snowy winters or dry hot summers. Estimates for portable aerators came in at $33K each. We are shopping these around to see if we can improve on that number. Once we have quotes, we will get back to everyone with what it is going to cost to improve fishing on these lakes.

A new website is being developed by WMLF member, Gentry Smith. It is a very user friendly, versatile and informative website that we are anxious to use and enjoy. Look for it to be up near the first of the year.

The end of the year means membership renewals will go out to our annual members. So, look for them in the mail by January. Please, consider becoming a lifetime member and I can save a stamp.

Overall, 2011 was an vast improvement for WMLF, in both membership and moving projects forward, from our 2010 numbers. We know this is not going to be an overnight process. We are in it for the long haul. We think it’s worth it. We hope you do as well. Thanks for your support and feedback.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

From all of us on the WMLF Board

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