Welcome to the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Founded in 1964, we are one of Pennsylvania’s oldest chapters, and help protect many miles of central Pennsylvania’s finest streams. Some of our waters include Muncy Creek, Loyalsock Creek, Black Hole Creek and Lycoming Creek
The collection covers a wide variety of issues facing the middle Susquehanna River watershed and stories about people who passionately promote and protect the river’s many resources.
Included in the book are stories on a program to help restore populations of Eastern hellbenders, the dangers of invasive species such as the rusty crayfish and snakehead fish, studies that show a proliferation of microplastics and how we can work together to help reduce the impact, concerns about fracking, abandoned mine drainage, littering, sedimentation/erosion and a variety of other threats impacting our waterways.
There is also information about how state agencies handle fish kills, how to determine if certain substances on waterways indicate pollution, life-saving boating safety tips, a review of education efforts by the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association such as our Floating Classroom and HERYN (Helping Engage our River’s Youth with Nature) programs and a look back at a critical settlement agreement our association announced earlier this year.
The book can be ordered in one of two ways. You can preorder copies for $15 at the Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper website and pick up your book copies at the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association’s office at 112 Market Street, Sunbury, PA.
The Wolf’s General Store – Slate Run Tackle Shop was selected for the Pennsylvania Wilds Business of the Year Champion Award for 2021 and recognized at the Lycoming County Commissioners meeting on November 16th. The attached picture shows the ceremony at which the award was presented along with resolutions adopted by the PA House of Representatives and Senate and presented at the ceremony by State Senator Gene Yaw and Eric Houser, Aide to Representative Joe Hamm. Tom and Debbie have been at the forefront of conservation efforts on upper Pine Creek, Slate Run and Cedar Run over five decades. Their visionary work has demonstrated how advocating and implementing policies and projects to preserve and protect of our nationally-known scenic watersheds and cold water fisheries translates not only into enhanced recreational opportunities for high quality trout fishing, but also into significant economic benefits to the local economy, increased property values, and additional license revenues for the PA Fish And Boat Commission. Additionally, Tom And Debbie have been long-time strong supporters of our chapter with many donations of fly fishing equipment and flies for us to use in fundraising and promotions. We also wish Tom and Kim Kozlowski the very best in continuing the success and traditions of the store, and offer support from Susquehanna TU in any conservation projects and education opportunities that we can assist in going forward.
From the The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship (PA Wilds Center):
“Each year, our organization recognizes outstanding individuals, organizations, programs, communities and places that exemplify the great work being done across the region to develop nature tourism and the outdoor recreation economy in a way that creates jobs, diversifies local economies, inspires stewardship and improves quality of life. This year will be no different in that regard.”
Tom and Debbie Finkbiner owned and operated the Wolfe’s General Store at Slate Run, PA on Pine Creek for 45 years and recently sold it to a local couple, Kim and Tom Kozlowski, who will continue to operate both the general store and the famous Slate Run Tackle Shop. The Tackle Shop became a very strong asset for trout fishermen who were attracted from all over the Eastern USA. Tom helped to lead the citizen support for the formal designation of portions of Pine Creek and several other tributary streams as Wild Trout Exceptional Value stream by the PA Fish and Boat Commission. Deb operated and managed the General Store offering all the supplies that campers and fishermen and visitors needed. Together they were a treasure-trove of important information and help for visitors and input to Township and Lycoming County Planning deliberations. They own a home in the Pine Creek Valley just north of Slate Run and can be seen daily helping the new owners at the store. The economic impact for the Pine Creek Valley and even beyond has been measurably enhanced by the Finkbiners’ enterprise and gracious demeanor. Tom has advocated to develop a section of Pine Creek now known as “the stretch“ in which trophy trout are stocked in addition to PA Fish and Boat Commission stockings under a catch and release regulation for trout. This has attracted fishermen from all over the country. Tom has formed a 501(c)(3) organization which fishermen can donate to and their mission is to stock above average German brown trout several times during the season.
Sullivan County is in the process of creating a Comprehensive Recreation, Parks and Greenways Plan. A large portion of the Loyalsock State Forest, as well as World’s End State Park and part of Rickett’s Glen State Park, are located within the county. Click the link below to find more information and the link for the survey
The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its monthly meeting on November 10, 2021 at 7 pm at the Covenant Central Presbyterian Church. Chapter elections will be held at the beginning of the meeting.
We are excited to have 2 speakers. First will be Emily Baldauff, the Mid Atlantic Organizer for Trout Unlimited. Next Dr. Peter Petokas of Lycoming College will give a presentation on his research, findings, and history of the hellbender.
Lycoming College CWI completed 40 Unassessed Waters electrofishing surveys in summer of 2021. The Unassessed Waters Project is under the direction of PFBC —Unassessed Waters Initiative (fishandboat.com). Pennsylvania is fortunate to have a vast flowing water resource comprised of over 83,000 miles of flowing water (Pa. DEP 2006). As of January 2020, the PFBC and its partners have surveyed, 11,562 streams comprising 36,985 miles. Of this total, there have been 5,324 stream sections (16,256 miles) in which wild trout have been documented and designated by the PFBC . Lycoming CWI has been a partner in the program since 2010. This summer CWI completed 18 creeks in Tioga County and 22 in Northumberland County. Between 2010-2021, Lycoming College has completed 646 Unassessed Waters surveys is the first photo, second is of young of year (YOY) brook trout, and last CWI 2021 electrofishing team under the supervision of DRS Zimmerman and Rieck.
The above was taken from the clean water institute facebook page