Auburn Lake Clean-Up
The 2015 Clean up was held on May 9 at 7am. Fourteen members of Androscoggin Bassmasters collected several hundred pounds of trash from the shores of Lake Auburn. In the photo you'll see club Conservation Director Jason Kervin, and Alex Anton place plastic bait recycling tubes at 3 locations around the Lake Auburn waterhsed. Anglers are asked to please place used plastic lures in the tubes that will be collected and recycled. The other tube is a fishing line recycling tube.
Members at the clean up from left to right: Mark Swett, Alex Anton, Brady Ouellette, Jason Kervin, Marc Charron, Brenden Wood, Conner Petropolous, Keith Poulin, Kyle Montgomery, David Parsons, Bruce Wood, Brian Volkernick, John Volkernick, photo was taken by Brenda Swett. Thanks to Lee Auto Mall, and Tim Horton's for their donations toward the clean up.
Conservation since 1985
In the mid to late 1980's long time club member Bob Ouellette was very instrumental in the clubs involvement in conservation projects and in the State of Maine's conservation issues. Bob always seemed to keep the Maine B.A.S.S. Nation and clubs up to date on his findings. Bob always took great pride in the work he did and was just one of the dedicated Conservation Directors that we have had over the years. We want to recognize Bob for his years of dedication, thank you Bobby O!
This brings us to the annual Auburn Lake cleanup. The lake is the water supply for the surrounding Auburn towns and cities and needs to be protected. Club participants from the adult and junior bass clubs meet annually and flock out to remove several pounds of unwanted trash and debris from the shores left there from the long Maine winters. In a days run it is not unusual to fill a dump truck full of trash.
Other conservation projects have included the push behind a State launching facility at Gulf Island Pond, building bat houses with the a local 4H group, capturing and legally transporting bass from the small pond opposite of Auburn Lake RT 4 in Auburn to Auburn Lake so repairs could be made to the dam. We have been involved with removal of milfoil from our waterways, the maintenance of the Dead River Dam in Leeds and many other projects. These are just a few of things we have done and continue to do.