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Pennsylvania's wild trout need your voice no later than December 24!

Nov 24, 2019
Pennsylvania is home to 16,000 miles of wild trout streams. Thanks to the Fish and Boat Commission, 49 new Wild Trout waters and 36 Class A streams have been proposed for upgraded designation

Pennsylvania is home to 16,000 miles of wild trout streams. Thanks to the Fish and Boat Commission, 49 new Wild Trout waters and 36 Class A streams have been proposed for upgraded designation this July. With your help, we can secure protections for these additional streams from development and pollution.

The public is invited to participate by filing comment in support of these upgraded protections. Pennsylvanians have been vocal in our support over the past two years, with more than 1,500 comments filed in favor of new protections.

In order to be considered, your comments must be filed with the PFBC no later that December 24. With your help, we can see PA's total miles of protected wild trout water continue to grow in 2020.

Click here to view a map of all streams eligible for upgrade

Take action today! Click on these links to file public comment in support of Class A stream upgrades, and here for Wild Trout stream upgrades.

In drafting your comment, tell the Fish & Boat Commission why wild trout streams are important to you and why they deserve upgraded protection. Share a story with a particular stream and its value to the local community. Feel free to add your personal sentiments to the sample language below:

Dear Mr. Schaeffer and the Board of Commissioners,

Under 58 Pa. Code 57.11 (relating to listing of wild trout streams), it is the policy of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to accurately identify and classify stream sections supporting naturally reproducing populations of trout as wild trout streams. I am writing you today to encourage the Commission to approve the entirety of the list of proposed wild trout streams and Class A trout streams at its next meeting on January 27th and 28th, 2020.

I am advocating on behalf of these wild trout streams as a conservation-minded individual and concerned citizen. These streams are the lifeblood of our state, and these designations ensure them the special protections they deserve. Class A streams qualify for High Quality (HQ) classification, while the wetlands contiguous to other wild trout waters are elevated to Exceptional Value (EV) status.

I appreciate the work the PFBC has done over the past decade to assess and protect our wild trout populations, which supports a robust fishing and outdoor recreation economy in Pennsylvania. I encourage the Commission to continue to support this critical work.