Located in western Pennsylvania, in the middle of the 517,000-acre Allegheny National Forest—the largest continuous tract of public land in the state—a small, scenic stream named Minister Creek is one of the best wild trout streams in the region. During early spring, dozens of anglers can be found camped along the, waiting the first trout to rise at early dawn.
Despite its popularity, Minister Creek offers a secluded wilderness experience for anglers seeking to connect with the stream. More than 60 unconventional wells have been permitted in the Allegheny National Forest, some in close proximity to Minister Creek.
To protect the wild and native trout in Minister Creek, strict oversight of erosion control practices must be required and enforced. Additionally, the U.S. Forest Service should conduct a forest-wide strategy identifying where and when water withdrawals can safely occur without impacting streams and the aquatic life that rely upon cold, flowing water.