PFBC looking to add to Wild Trout and Class A Streams

Pennsylvania is home to 16,000 miles of wild trout streams.

Thanks to the Fish and Boat Commission, 36 new Wild Trout waters and three Class A streams have been proposed for upgraded designation this October. With your help, we can secure protections for these additional streams from development and pollution

. The public is invited to participate by filing comment in support of these upgraded protections. Pennsylvanians have been vocal in our support over the past 12 months, with more than 1,400 comments filed in favor of new protections.

With your help, we can see PA’s total miles of protected wild trout water continue to grow in 2019. 

Click here to view a map of all streams eligible for upgrade

Left unprotected, these streams, which provide clean drinking water to millions of Pennsylvanians, are at risk of pollution and sedimentation from stormwater runoff, high temperatures as a result of the destruction of streamside buffers, and reduced flows because of water withdrawals

. Take action today! Click on these links to file public comment in support of Class A stream upgrades, and here for Wild Trout stream upgrades. Comments are due to the Commission no later than September 17, 2019.

In drafting your comment, tell the Fish & Boat Commission why wild trout streams are important to you and why they deserve upgraded protection. Share a story with a particular stream and its value to the local community

. Feel free to add your personal sentiments to the sample language below:

Dear Mr. Schaeffer and the Board of Commissioners, I am writing you today to encourage the Commission to approve the entirety of the list of proposed wild trout streams and Class A trout streams at its next meeting on October 21-22nd, 2019.

I am advocating on behalf of these wild trout streams as a conservation-minded individual and concerned citizen. These streams are the lifeblood of our state, and these designations ensure them the special protections they deserve. Class A streams qualify for High Quality (HQ) classification, while the wetlands contiguous to other wild trout waters are elevated to Exceptional Value (EV) status.

I appreciate the work the PFBC has done over the past decade to assess and protect our wild trout populations, which supports a robust fishing and outdoor recreation economy in Pennsylvania. I encourage the Commission to continue to support this critical work. 

The above was taken from an email sent by Rob Shane, TU Mid Atlantic Organizer

Spring Chapter Sales Catalog

Please find the 2019 Spring Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited Sales Catalog below. The sale of donated items are the Chapter’s primary way of raising funds for Chapter activities.

We want to thank everyone who has donated items to us, whether 1 item or an entire collection, it is all appreciated and will be used to generate funds or to use in one of our many programs.

Although this catalog is only the beginning, there are many more items that have not yet been cataloged. We have a large quantity of feathers, furs, hairs, collectible books, rods and reels (both spinning and fly), vests, and other miscellaneous items. If you have a particular need for something, let us know and we will let you know if we have that item.

We will be updating our catalog regularly and will be adding more items with each issue. The next catalog will be late fall / early winter.

Thank you for your support.

2019 Spring Chapter Sales Catalolg

Class A streams to be upgraded to High Quality

For just the third time this decade, Pennsylvania is proposing to formally upgrade a package of 41 Class A streams to “High Quality,” or HQ, which ensures they receive special water quality protections. This is the culmination of a long process. Step 1 is electrofishing streams in search of naturally reproducing trout. Step 2 is pushing for PFBC to list them as wild trout streams; we do this advocacy each quarter. This is Step 3, formal listing as HQ in PA’s regulations.

TU has pushed for these upgrades for several years now, and we want to demonstrate our support by submitting comments in favor. Please go to an Action Alert (https://www.tu.org/conservation/action-center/?vvsrc=%2Fcampaigns%2F65624%2Frespond) page for more information and to submit comments. The deadline is May 7.

Merry Fishmas to all our Friends

Statewide Trout Season starts tomorrow morning and the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited wants to wish everyone the best of luck.  Please enjoy the streams and everything that Mother Nature has to offer and let us know how you did with pictures and stories.  There have been some beautiful trout stocked throughout the state and there are always the natives that provide a challenge.  Good Luck to everyone!!

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The above brook trout picture was caught on Boulder Mountain in Southern Utah. The picture was taken by Jason Morrison and was featured in the 2014 Trout Unlimited Calendar for the month of April.