Our featured speaker will be Chris Wood with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. He will be presenting information about the local fisheries and aquatic resources in Burke and surrounding counties. He will discuss the historical and contemporary approaches to manage and conserve the surrounding waterways, with an emphasis on Lake James, the Catawba River, and other streams, rivers, ponds and lakes that are important to local residents. Chris has a B.S. and M.S. degree in Freshwater Ecology from Appalachian State University and has worked as a Biologist for the NCWRC for 14 years. Chris has worked for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and NC State University and has served as an adjunct instructor at ASU and Western Piedmont Community College. Chris has lived in Morganton for almost a decade and has an office at Table Rock State Fish Hatchery.