Susquehanna Trout Unlimited Presents: Meet Your PA Fish & Boat Commission

Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will welcome PA Fish & Boat Commission Executive Director Timothy Schaeffer, Commission President Eric Hussar, and local Waterways Conservation Officers Emmett Kyler and Jacob Bennett at its February 12th public meeting. Mr. Schaeffer will lead off with a presentation on the strategic plan for the Commission. The public is encouraged to attend and take this opportunity to learn about fishing and boating programs and the important role of the Commission in conserving and protecting our environmental and recreational resources in our northcentral PA region, as well as to share their thoughts, concerns, and ideas with Commission officials. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. at  Covenant Central Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, at the rear of 807 West Fourth Street in Williamsport (enter off of Campbell St.) For more information, please see our website at

Annual Fly Tying Class to be Held

The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited is pleased to announce that it will be offering its annual fly tying course on Tuesday evenings starting February 4, 2020 and running through March 31, 2020.  The classes are free and open to the public and will be held weekly from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Covenant Central Presbyterian Church, 807 W. 4th Street, Williamsport (parking and entrance at rear off Campbell Street).  The course will include an instruction manual and tools and materials needed to tie your flies during each session.  If you have your own tools, you are encouraged to bring them with you.  Beginners and all skill levels are welcomed and instructor will include notable local fly tyers.  Class size is limited to 20 students and is a first come, first served.  Last year’s class filled up quickly and was a big success.  You can register by sending an email to  Please list the names of everyone you would like to register, their experience levels, and contact information (email and phone number).  You can also register by calling Walt Nicholson at 570-447-3600.

Annual Watershed Summit to be held January 8, 2020

     The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host its annual watershed meeting on Wednesday, January 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and state, county, and municipal officials. Its purpose is to share knowledge about the volunteer efforts and accomplishments of our area’s many watershed groups and the work of our conservation organizations and agencies during 2019 and their upcoming plans for 2020.    Local watershed organizations are being invited to report on their projects and activities over the past year and plans for the coming year. Additionally, we are inviting county conservation districts, academic institutions, and representatives of regional conservation organizations to discuss their programs that relate to protecting, preserving, and enhancing our local watersheds and streams.

We hope that you will plan to attend and listen to the sharing of this information to learn about the programs, successes, and challenges presented by our partnering organizations. Our past programs have been both enlightening and enjoyable. Together, we are certainly making a difference as we leverage our resources to achieve our common goals.

The meeting will be held in Fellowship Hall at the rear of Covenant Central Presbyterian Church at 807 W. Fourth Street (enter off of Campbell St.) in Williamsport. Ample parking is available in the lot behind the church. Please respond at your earliest convenience by email to We look forward to seeing you.

You Are Looking At A Map Of Future Dumpsites For Conventional Oil & Gas Drilling Wastewater If Road Dumping Is Approved By General Assembly

The Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment recently released a map showing unpaved roads in Pennsylvania, each of which could become  new dumpsites, if the General Assembly passes pending legislation legalizing the road dumping of conventional oil and gas drilling wastewater.

The primary areas to be affected would be unpaved dirt and gravel roads anywhere there is conventional oil and gas drilling in the state.

Click Here to zoom in on the Penn State map to find your house.

The bills– Senate Bill 790 (Scarnati-R-Jefferson) and House Bill 1635 (Causer-R- Cameron) are both now in the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee– and are said to be on a fast track for action.

The above was taken from the Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter (November 18, 2019 Issue # 803). For more information, go to the article at

Chapter Leadership Elected at November 13, 2019 Annual Meeting

The following individuals were elected to serve the Chapter at our annual meeting held on November 13, 2019.

President:     Charles Knowlden

Vice President:     Walt Nicholson

Secretary:     Kevin McJunkin

Treasurer:     Bob Baker

Director (2 year term):     Dave Craig

Director (3 year term): Joe Radley and David Wonderlich

The other Directors whose terms were not up are Bob Spencer and Bill Worobec (terms expire in 2020) and Isaac Bragunier whose term expires in 2021. The Chapter would like to thank the above individuals for giving their time to serve and lead our Chapter. We would like to give a big thank you to Burr Boston who has served as Director for the last 3 years and declined to run for another term. Burr has provided a great deal of knowledge and expertise over the last 3 years and we are grateful for his willingness to become involved in the Chapter and give of his time. He participated in all our meetings and events and we look forward to his continued input in the future. Thanks again Burr!!

More streams to be considered for Wild Trout and Class A designations

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has released a new list of proposed Class A Wild Trout Streams (…/2019-11-12-Jan2020ClassA-prop…) and Wild Trout Streams (…/2019-11-12-Jan2020WildTrout-p…). You can comment of the proposed list of Class A Wild Trout Streams at… and Wild Trout Streams at…

Thank You to All Our Veterans

On this Veterans Day, we at Trout Unlimited thank our military servicemen and women, our veterans, and their families for their lives of service. Through TU’s Veterans Service Partnership, we invite you to continue that legacy of service and join a ready-made community of passionate conservationists and anglers. For the past 60 years, Trout Unlimited has worked to conserve, protect, and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. If you share our passion, or just wish to know more, we welcome you to find your community at Happy Veterans Day from Trout Unlimited!