Category Archives: Announcements News and Notes

Collaborative Grant Awarded to Restore Freshwater Mussels in West Branch Susquehanna River

12/18/2023 HARRISBURG, Pa. (December 18) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is pleased to announce that a conservation partnership, of which it is a member, has been awarded a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Chesapeake Watershed Investment for Landscape Defense (ChesWILD) grantOpens In A New Window  to restore freshwater mussels to the West Branch Susquehanna…

Coldwater Heritage Partnership Receives $179,800 from PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU) is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) to support the 2024 Coldwater Heritage Partnership’s Coldwater Conservation Mini Grant Program. Funding will be utilized to support CHP staff, provide cold-water conservation outreach, education, and…

DEP announces $38.76 million in grants for Environmental Restoration Projects

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced $38.76 million in funding for six environmental restoration projects of abandoned mine lands in the first of three rounds of the 2023 Abandoned Mine Lands and Acid Mine Drainage (AML/AMD) Grant Program. These projects focus on reclaiming abandoned mine land, decreasing abandoned mine drainage, and…

NFWF awards $14.9 million for restoration of Delaware River Watershed

On August 31, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced 36 grant awards totaling over $14.9 million to improve wildlife habitat, enhance resilience to changing climatic conditions, and engage communities throughout the Delaware River watershed in conservation activities. Funding includes more than $4.5 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for six projects aimed at improving public access, recreational…

SRBC announces new Stream & Watershed Enhancement Grant Program

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new grant program to support local organizations dedicated to the health and wellness of our Basin’s waterways. The Stream & Watershed Enhancement Grant program will provide funding for community-based environmental and water resources projects or events that improve, restore or protect our local watersheds.…

New Youth Fly Fishing Education Program announced for 2024

On August 6, the Wildlife Leadership Academy and the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Association announced the creation of the Youth Fly Fishing Educational Training Program for 2024 called Stepping Stones.  “WLA is pleased to join with the PFFA in presenting to our alumni and new students this weekend an opportunity to experience the world of fly fishing including technique, stream…

PFBC approves added protection for Wild Brown Trout

At its quarterly meeting on July 24, PFBC Commissioners approved a notice of proposed rulemaking to address Class A wild brown trout-designated streams that are also stocked with hatchery-raised rainbow trout in central Pennsylvania.  In an effort to protect wild trout, the board voted to change the regulations on 12 stream sections where brown trout…

PFBC awards R3 grants to support 15 education projects in PA

HARRISBURG, Pa. (July 17) — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has awarded $187,625 in grant funding to support 15 education projects in 11 counties that foster interest in fishing and boating in Pennsylvania through the R3 (recruitment, retention, and reactivation) Education Grant Program. Two statewide projects were also awarded. The R3 grants are awarded…

We’re Hiring! – Conservation Communications Coordinator

We’re Hiring! – Conservation Communications Coordinator Position Summary: The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU) is seeking a reliable and energetic person with strong communication and social skills to facilitate and improve our internal and external communications and help recruit, retain, and reactivate members across Pennsylvania. This full-time position includes lead responsibility for managing PATU’s…

Kettle Creek Watershed Association improves public access

In time for Rivers Month, Kettle Creek in Leidy Township has better fishing access thanks to local partners and a DCNR grant. The Kettle Creek Watershed Association, Clinton County Conservation District, and Trout Unlimited teamed up to restore habitat and create an accessible parking area for fishing along Kettle Creek. Work included stream restoration, an…

PFBC Board approves proposed fishing license fees for 2024

HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 17) – During a special meeting held today, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Board of Commissioners gave final approval to a list of proposed fishing license fee adjustments for the 2024 license year. Under the proposal, the price of the most common fishing licenses and permits, a Resident Annual Fishing License,…