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Programs such as the following play critical roles in achieving council’s conservation and education goals.

Coldwater Heritage Partnership
Rachel Kester - 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. 

Trout in the Classroom
Rachel Kestert, Program Coordinator 814-359-5233 
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.

"Back the Brookie" Plate Grants
 Rachel Kester, Program Director 814-359-5233
 The "Back the Brookie" license plate was created as a PA      Council fundraiser to be used exclusively for brook trout  restoration efforts in Pennsylvania. Proceeds from the sale
 of these license plates will be used as part of the Coldwater  Heritage Partnership (CHP) grants awarded to PATU chapters with on-the-ground projects that have already been established but might need additional financial support.

VSP-sealThe PATU Veteran Service Partnership is a family fishing program for veterans conducted by the Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited chapters in our local communities and waters. The VSP Program, vet, family member, or streamside mentor, is open to all without charge. Go to our Facebook page or contact Ernest DeMastus, (216) 647-2152, Zac Salada, (814) 470-1723, or Jim Lanning, (814) 238-2086.
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Eastern Brook Trout Habitat Initiative
Amy Wolfe- TU NE Coldwater Habitat Program Director 570-748-4901 
Throughout Pennsylvania, native brook trout are at risk. Pressures from poor land management,natural resource development and other problems have reduced the number of fish and fishing opportunities throughout the state. 
TU is embarking on a new project, working to restore brook trout habitat in several important watersheds in Pennsylvania, by reconnecting rivers and streams, repairing and replacing culverts where fish can’t swim through and will, overall, increase places for fish to live.

  Keystone Coldwater Conference
 The Keystone Coldwater Conference is a biennial conference that promotes
 the  sharing of ideas between diverse groups with common interests and 
 causes to protect, conserve and restore Pennsylvania's coldwater resources.
audience is primarily grassroots organizations, watershed and sportsmen’s groups, and other environmentally active citizens, including college students and professionals from conservation districts, agencies and consulting firms.

Eastern Abandoned Mine Program
Amy Wolfe - TU NE Coldwater Habitat 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.
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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:

First Cast

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.
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PATU Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp
Clark Hall 717-697-4549  
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.
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Keystone/TU Teens Conservation Summer Camp

Charlie Charlesworth  570-954-5042  

Keystone/TU Teens Conservation Summer Camp is a collaborative effort between Keystone College and several northeastern PA chapters of Trout Unlimited that instructs teens in the art of fly fishing, while at the same time learning about conservation and the environmental sciences involved in the protection and enhancement of coldwater environments.

PATU Coldwater Conservation Corps
Jake Lemon- TU Mid-Atlantic Angler Science Coordinator: 814-779-3965  
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 page.

PATU College Outreach Program / 5
 Rivers 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 Charlesworth at 570-954-5042 or  

The TU 5 Rivers program organizes campus clubs that teach students fly casting and fly tying and also provide volunteer stream conservation activities on the members' home waters. Students in TU 5 Rivers Clubs have the chance to join a sponsoring TU Chapter in their region, lend a young voice, and help shape the TU of tomorrow. 

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Youth Membership

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:
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