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!!
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 www.tu.org/chaptersearch. Happy Veterans Day from Trout Unlimited!
“The Stretch” is a scenic 2.8 miles section of Big Pine Creek below the mouth of Slate Run which has been converted to a destination public trophy trout fishery thanks to the efforts of Tom Finkbiner of the Slate Run Tackle, Straub Brewery, and the PA Fish & Boat Commission. Izzack Albright of Outcast Anglers will be the speaker at the November 13th meeting of the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited, who will describe the history, objectives and successes of the “Brown Trout Club” program and its efforts to create opportunities for anglers to experience trophy trout fishing in this “catch and release” section of Pine Creek. The public is welcomed to this timely and informative meeting which will be held on Wednesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of Covenant Central Presbyterian Church, rear of 807 West Fourth Street (enter off of Campbell Street) in Williamsport. For more information, please see our website at https://susquehannatu.com/.
National and PA TU encourages everyone to consider personally filing comments in opposition to EPA’S rule change. The comment period ends on October 21st. This is important. Please take a moment and visit this TU blog for talking points https://www.tu.org/blog/clean-water-at-risk-cwa-401/. You can then comment on EPA’s proposal directly on the docket or through TU’s comment portal, using one of the links in the TU message below. The only way this can be defeated is through overwhelming public opposition that is based on sound science and rational thought. Official 60-day comment period: Publication of the proposed rule triggers a 60-day comment period. Comments are due October 21st. Volunteers are encouraged to comment directly to the docket (here are some tips for commenting through the online portal) or through TU’s Action Alert (available here). Need some help with commenting? A short overview of key takeaways from the proposal is included below. Trout Unlimited staff will review and offer substantive comments on the proposed rule. TU Councils and Chapters are encouraged to coordinate with the Government Affairs team to share project examples, ask questions, and to help ensure we are as effective as possible across the TU family. EPA Now Accepting Comments: Take Action Here!
Otto’s Bookstore in downtown Williamsport is hosting a first Friday event. October’s 1st Friday is coming right up! Matthew L. Miller will speak about and sign his new book, Fishing Through the Apocalypse: An Angler’s Adventures in the 21st Century, on Friday, October 4th, 6 to 8. About the Book: What does the future hold for fish and the people who pursue them? Fishing Through the Apocalypse explores that question through a series of fishing stories about the reality of the sport in the 21st century. Matthew Miller (director of science communications for The Nature Conservancy) explores fishing that might be considered dystopian: joining anglers as they stick their lines into trash-filled urban canals, or visiting farm ponds where you can catch giant, endangered fish for a fee. But it isn’t all bleak. When it comes to fishing, the other part of the story is this: a cadre of anglers is looking to right past wrongs, to return native species, to remove dams, to appreciate the unappreciated fish, to clean our waters and protect public lands. As an angler and conservationist, Matt removes any and all preconceived notions about what it means to fish in the 21st century in order to see the different visions of the future that exist right here, right now. Fishing Through the Apocalypse offers one of the widest-ranging looks at fish conservation in the United States, and also includes some of the more unusual adventures ever featured in a fishing book. Features fishing adventures in a variety of states, including our own Pennsylvania. Idaho Colorado Wyoming New Mexico Utah Texas Florida Iowa Minnesota Illinois Washington DC Virginia And our own…Pennsylvania
Rob Shane, Mid Atlantic Organizer for National Trout Unlimited will speak at a public meeting of the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Rob will highlight the status of conservation efforts to preserve, restore, and protect streams in our region which are important cold water fisheries and Trout Unlimited’s position on legislation and regulations at both the state and federal levels which could impact the quality of our streams. Also discussed will be initiation of a local Veterans Service Partnership program to help support veterans and their families to connect to the restorative and healing powers of angling in our nearby waters.
When: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Where: Fellowship Hall of Covenant Central Presbyterian Church, rear of 807 West Fourth Street (enter off of Campbell Street) in Williamsport.