Programs such as the following play critical roles in achieving council’s conservation and education goals.
"Back the Brookie" Plate Grants
The "Back the Brookie" license plate was created as a PA Council fundraiser to be used exclusively for brook trout restoration efforts in Pennsylvania. Council is now issuing mini-grants (up to $1,000 per year) to PATU chapters with on-the-ground projects that have already been established but might need additional financial support. Deadlines to submit applications for these twice-per-year grants are March 30 and October 30. Criteria for chapters applying for grants can be found at Brookie Grant
Coldwater Heritage Partnership
Samantha Kutskel - CHP Program Director 814-359-5233
The Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) provides leadership, coordination, technical assistance, and funding support for the evaluation, conservation and protection of Pennsylvania's coldwater streams.
Web Site: http://www.coldwaterheritage.org
Dirt and Gravel Roads Program
Created in 2001, the Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies is contracted by the PA State Conservation Commission (SCC) to provide services to PA's Dirt and Gravel Road Maintenance Program. The center’s efforts on this front include:
Web Site: http://www.dirtandgravelroads.org/
Eastern Abandoned Mine Program
Amy Wolfe - TU Eastern Abandoned Mine Program Director 570-748-4901
Trout Unlimited's Eastern Abandoned Mine Program (EAMP) is focused on the conservation, protection, and restoration of coldwater fisheries and their watersheds that have been impacted by historic coal mining throughout the Appalachian region. With more than 8,000 stream miles polluted from abandoned mine drainage (AMD) just between Pennsylvania and West Virginia alone, AMD is cited by the Environmental Protection Agency as the single largest threat to the Appalachian environment. The main focus for Trout Unlimited's Eastern Abandoned Mine Program is the West Branch Susquehanna Restoration Initiative (WBSRI), which is a comprehensive and collaborative effort aimed at the restoration of coldwater streams and the ultimate recovery of the West Branch Susquehanna River.
Web Site: http://www.tu.org/conservation/abandoned-mines/eastern-us
First Cast is TU's nationwide initiative to introduce youth to coldwater conservation through angling. The program is the result of a ground-breaking partnership between TU and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), working on the premise that many of our most dedicated conservationists are also avid anglers.
Web Site: http://www.tu.org/about-us/youth-education-and-outreach/first-cast-program
PATU Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp
Mike Klimkos 717-243-3056
The award winning camp continues to emphasize improving our cold water resources by addressing environmental issues as well as teaching fly fishing techniques. The lessons and memories from camp will last a lifetime and will encourage students to become active immediately as well as grow into leaders of the future.
Web Site: http://www.riverscamp.com
PATU Coldwater Conservation Corps
Bob Volkmar - Environmental Committee Chair 814-544-7174
National TU and the PA Council have teamed up to develop and implement a stream surveillance program called the PATU Coldwater Conservation Corps (CCC) to monitor water resources, conduct visual assessments, and report violations of state environmental laws to appropriate state agencies. CCC volunteers provide an extra set of eyes and ears on the ground, ensuring that special watersheds and coldwater resources are protected from the threats of environmental degradation. The complete CCC Field Manual and training videos can be found on the Documents
PATU College Outreach Program
This initiative is designed to involve local chapters in attracting and recruiting younger TU members to become actively involved with TU activities. The basis for this program is the development of contact lists with both student and faculty groups at local colleges. Guidelines for developing a plan tailored to a specific college are available from Greg Malaska at 570-657-7169, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Trout in the Classroom
Justin DiRado - PATU Education & Outreach Coordinator 814-359-5114
Trout In the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students learn about coldwater conservation while raising trout from eggs to fingerlings in a classroom aquarium. During the year each teacher tailors the program to fit his or her curriculum needs. Therefore, each program is unique.
Web Site: http://www.patroutintheclassroom.org
Trout Unlimited has created a new youth membership to bring the next generation of coldwater conservationists into TU. Youth members are called Stream Explorers and for $12 per year, kids receive:
Web Site: http://www.tumembership.org/youth