The Lansing Board of Aldermen Monday Sept. 9 unanimously voted to designate the town a Mountain Heritage Trout Water City under an N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission program intended to promote trout fishing tourism in western N.C.
Established by a 2007 N.C. Senate Bill, the program offers N.C. residents and non-residents who want to fish designated Mountain Heritage Trout Waters a three-day license for $5. The license is valid only for waters that are designated Mountain Heritage Trout Waters.
According to Mountain Region Fisheries Supervisor Doug Besler, the process of designating Lansing a Mountain Heritage Trout City involves a letter of intent from the town and a memorandum of agreement, and may take several weeks at least. Lansing’s Big Horse Creek cannot be fished with the Mountain Heritage license at this time.
Besler said the inexpensive license offers anglers an incentive to visit off-the-beaten-path trout streams in High Country communities.
A regular fishing license and trout stamp costs $15 for residents, $20 for non-residents. The non-resident 10-day inland fishing licence is $10.
Anglers with a regular fishing license and trout stamp can also fish in Mountain Heritage Trout Waters, without purchasing the Mountain Heritage Trout Waters license, Besler said.
The program also offers participating municipalities a “loaner tackle” program, enabling anglers to “check out” rods and tackle for free in Mountain Heritage towns through a “library card-type” system, he said.
The NCWRC provides additional signage along Mountain Heritage streams, as well as custom brochures featuring a map of the town and creek.
A section of Big Horse Creek would be the latest addition to the program, making it the 12th Mountain Heritage Trout Water City, joining Bakersville, Burnsville, Dillsboro, Maggie Valley, Newland, Old Fort, Spring Creek, Spruce Pine, Sylva, Waynesville and Webster.
Lansing will be the first town participating in NCWRC District 7, which comprises 10 northwestern counties.
The Mountain Heritage Trout Water license can be purchased online, or by calling 1(888) 248-6834 8-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The board voted unanimously to allow Lansing Treasurer Beth Johnson to attend a $450 certification class on budgeting in local government in Raleigh in November.
The board considered a $780 bid submitted by Ronald Lee Rash for trimming low-hanging branches and removing brush along A Street and B Street. The bid was tabled until other options could be explored.
Jennifer Thomas will be Lansing’s representative on the Ashe County Historical Society board.
A supply of unused roofing tin stored under Town Hall was sold to Michael Lee Houck for $150. The metal was purchased in 2008 for a roofing job contracted to a Lansing resident who was paid in advance for the work, but never began it.
The board discussed the town’s need for a storage facility, and the possibility of buying or building one. The biggest problem: where to put it?
Editor’s note: This story has been corrected from its original version, which omitted details of the Mountain Heritage Tourt Water designation process. While the Lansing Aldermen voted to designate a section of Big Horse Creek a Mountain Heritage Trout Water, tjhe designation process may take several weeks. Big Horse Creek is not a Mountain Heritage Trout Water at this time, and cannot yet be fished with the Mountain Heritage waters license.