Author Archives: Bob Pennell

DEP awards $4.1 million in local watershed grants for stream restoration work

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded over $4.1 million to 13 projects statewide that will help communities restore impaired local watersheds.  “Healthy watersheds are like the circulatory system of our environment, providing drinking water, sustaining fish and other aquatic life, supporting habitats, and enabling the recreation opportunities that add to our…

PATU Annual Awards Presented at 2021 Annual Meeting

Due to ongoing concerns about the pandemic, the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited elected to conduct its 2021 Annual Meeting via Zoom teleconference on Saturday, Sept. 18. Capping off the meeting was the virtual presentation of the 2021 Annual Awards to the following deserving chapters and individuals. • Edward Urbas Award for Best PA Chapter –…

New Council Officers Elected at PATU Annual Meeting

The following officers were elected to serve one-year terms at PATU’s Annual Meeting, conducted via Zoom teleconference on September 18. Their terms will run from October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022. President – Greg Malaska Executive Vice President, Eastern PA – Bobby Hughes Executive Vice President, Western PA – Len Lichvar Treasurer – Russell…

PATU Annual Award nominations are due by August 15

Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited will present its annual awards during the fall meeting on Saturday, Sept. 18 at The Hall at Kinton’s Knob, 6441 Lincoln Hwy, Bedford, PA 15522. Nominations are due by August 15. An online nomination form is available on the PATU website at https://patrout.org/index.php/patu-awards-nominations .There is a huge amount of extraordinary work being…

Public input needed for Cush Creek in Indiana County

As part of a recent Coldwater Heritage Partnership grant awarded to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the Conservancy will be assessing Cush Creek in Indiana County. Information collected as part of the study will be used to develop a coldwater conservation plan for the stream, one of the only Class A wild trout streams in Indiana…

PA pushes for new fish and wildlife funding

HARRISBURG, Pa (April 22) — Appropriately introduced in Congress on Earth Day, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act could rank among the most meaningful initiatives for fish and wildlife in history, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced today. The bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Jeff Fortenberry…

PFBC overview of trout stocking in PA

PFBC Trout Stocking Overview Pennsylvania is home to some of the best trout fishing in the world! Wild and stocked Brook Trout, Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout (including steelhead and golden rainbow) swim in Pennsylvania waters. In addition, Lake Trout occur in Lake Erie, Raystown Lake, and the East Branch Clarion River Dam. To provide…

CHP Coldwater Conservation Grants announced for 2021

Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) funding will support the development of planning and implementation projects aimed at protecting and enhancing coldwater streams across Pennsylvania. Bellefonte, PA – March 29, 2021 – The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU) is pleased to announce that twelve grants totaling $70,000 have been awarded to conservation organizations across Pennsylvania through…

PATU Regional Trainings go virtual for 2021

I hope this message finds all of you safe and well.  I am writing to update you on some important changes to the 2021 regional trainings. The last year has amplified the importance of keeping our volunteers safe.  As such, based on current guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Executive Committee of PATU…

PFBC announces changes to 2021 trout season and stocking operations

HARRISBURG, Pa. (January 25) – During its quarterly business meeting held virtually on January 25, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced several changes to the upcoming 2021 trout season, including opening day dates and stocking operations. These changes, effective immediately, include consolidating the 2021 season into a single, statewide schedule for all Pennsylvania…

Charlesworth named 2021 Conservationist of the Year by Fly Fisherman magazine

In addition to his volunteer work with youth groups and with Lackawanna Valley TU (LVTU), Charles “Charlie” Charlesworth has served on the board of directors for the Lackawanna River Conservation Association, he’s been a director with the Lackawanna County Conservation District, a member of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, a member of the Pennsylvania Environment…

CHP 2021 Grant Program now open for applications through Feb. 15

Funding will support the development of planning and implementation projects aimed at protecting and enhancing coldwater streams across Pennsylvania. Bellefonte, PA – December 18, 2020 – The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited is pleased to announce that Round 26 of the Coldwater Heritage Partnership’s Coldwater Conservation Grant Program is now open. Trout Unlimited chapters, watershed…