This project took me a couple of years until completion. My goal was to highlight some of the native brook trout restoration activity and obstacles facing this fish I love so much within the Mountain State of West Virginia. I had a budget of $0, a camera, and a passion for story telling.
Barely a few weeks before Colorado was devastated with flooding in late summer of 2013 I made use of a late invitation to use a vacated backcountry permit with fellow TU'ers Chris and Keith.
By TU's Potomac Headwaters Home Rivers Initiative Coordinator - Dustin Wichterman
How to grow membership? How to reach stubborn anglers?
Do you keep track of number of streams you've caught native trout in? How about number of native trout/salmon species/subspecies? Number of states you've caught a certain native salmonid in?
Putting the PROTECT in the mission - in a big way!
The cornerstone values of our mission in TU make us proud to be members of this great grassroots sportsmen organization, but how do we really get involved and make an impact for those values?
We aren't familiar with National Monuments of this type in the Mid-Atlantic and since there are no USFS managed Monuments in the east, there are a lot of questions.
While TU emphasizes native trout management, in the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument campaign we endorse the ability of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources to manage the watersheds as they currently do, including the stocking of non-native trout on the main Cranberry River.