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A Nation’s River

In the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia small streams tumble through hollows choked with hardwoods and laurel. In the valleys, creeks are born at gurgling limestone springs.  Generations ago there were trophy-sized native brook trout here. But as our nation grew the health of these creeks and these trout was an afterthought. Man’s impact damaged trout streams and trout populations. …

Trout Unlimited Partners with Dominion to Restore Potomac River Headwater StreamsNew director hired to oversee collaborative initiative

11/3/2005 November 3, 2005 Contact: Bryan Moore, TU Project Director, (304) 641-2658, bmoore@tu.org or Bob Fulton, Dominion, (304) 627-3200, Robert_E._Fulton@dom.com Trout Unlimited Partners with Dominion to Restore Potomac River Headwater Streams New director hired to oversee collaborative initiative WASHINGTON — The national conservation organization Trout Unlimited (TU) today announced a new watershed restoration initiative in…

‘A Nation’s River’ highlights TU’s efforts in the Potomac headwaters

Dustin Wichterman lives trout.  By day he manages Trout Unlimited’s restoration and protection work in the Potomac headwaters.  Most of the rest of the time he’s either fishing for trout or dreaming about fishing for trout.  And a big part of that dream is that one day the Potomac headwaters will again regularly churn out native brook trout pushing…

West Virginia inn owner visits DC to tout restoration economy

Published in Community, Conservation

As a business owner, Jeff Munn knows it makes sense to understand his customers.  One word kept coming up when Munn started tracking the activities of guests at the bed and breakfast he and his wife operate near Franklin, W.Va. Trout. “When we started asking people why they were coming to Pendleton County, nearly 20…

Reconnecting trout and people in West Virginia

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Replacing an undersized culvert with this bridge not only reduced flooding risks on a small tributary to the Capacon River in West Virginia, it reconnected 4.5 miles of native brook trout habitat. (Photo: Abby McQueen, TU stream restoration specialist) By Brooke Andrew The Trout Unlimited field staff in West Virginia are firm believers in our…

Making headway in headwaters: 2017 a big year for restoration in WV

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TU’s work in West Virginia is improving conditions for trophy wild brook trout such as this 15-inch fish. By Mandy Nix Some have said that our history is in our trees, but for many others, there’s a blueprint of history in every ripple of water. It’s in the icy trickle from a limestone spring, and…

Fishing in the Farm Bill

Published in Restoration

Farm Bill conservation programs actually fund a significant amount of coldwater conservation across the country, and Trout Unlimited leverages several Farm Bill programs to improve and restore coldwater streams for trout, salmon, and people.

Brook trout habitat restoration in the Potomac Headwaters

Goals The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia is drained by a portion of the mighty Potomac River, and has abundant trout resources. The region is graced with Karst, limestone geology that provides streams with cold buffered spring water. The panhandle boasts three intact native brook trout fisheries located within the Monongahela and the George Washington…

When ‘fishing ain’t what it used to be’ is a good thing

Published in Conservation, Fishing

The fishing ain’t what it used to be.   We’ve all heard that familiar lament, usually uttered by an angler trudging back to the parking lot after getting skunked. As conservationists, we know it’s too often true. The losses of trout and salmon fisheries relative to their historic distribution are well known to all of us. But this…

Voices from the River: Potomac treasures

Published in Voices from the river

By Mark Taylor “Birds!” We were drifting near the Bloody Point Bar Light in the Chesapeake Bay near Kent Island when Joe McGurrin made the observation. “How did I miss those?” he wondered while firing up the outboard on his vintage Grady White cuddy cabin. A few minutes later we were easing into the fray,…

What’s good for the forest is good for the trout

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Volunteers plant trees along a small stream in the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay. Healthy riparian buffers are important for streams. By Steve Moyer Healthy trees, in addition to Trout Unlimited members and mayflies, has to be high on a trout’s best friends list. That is why TU is applauding Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) for…

Growing up with fresh water means never growing out of it

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By Mandy Nix I’ve always been a child of water. A native to the North Carolina Piedmont, I spent the stickiest of summers at Kerr Lake (pronounced “Car”), the 50,000-acre reservoir that stretches across the line between the Old Dominion and my own Tar Heel State. Some mornings I’d greet the water as a freshwater…

Traditions: Pig tails and pink spots

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Dustin Wichterman and daughter Brooklynn quickly pose with a West Virginia brook trout before releasing the fish. By Dustin Wichterman To say that angling has always been a big part of my life is probably an understatement. It has been imprinted from both sides of my family, and after finding out that several of my…