Battenkill Home Rivers Initiative hits the ground running

By Jacob Fetterman  In the first official year of Trout Unlimited’s Battenkill Home Rivers Initiative, we are thrilled to have completed two restoration projects and one reconnection project within the watershed.    The projects to enhance cold-water and spawning habitat took place on three tributaries — Camden Creek, Juniper Swamp Brook, and Coulter Brook — all supporting native brook trout.   … Read more

TU launches major restoration effort on Battenkill

By Jacob Fetterman Stretching from Manchester, Vt., to the Hudson River in New York state, the Battenkill River holds a firm place in fly fishing history.  Beyond the river’s fame and beauty, it has become evident that, without proper stewardship, the wild trout fishery supported by the Battenkill could slip away due to the degradation of quality habitat through factors such as deforestation, sedimentation, channel modification, … Read more

A summer in the much-loved Battenkill River watershed

A biologist measures stream depth on a tributary of the Battenkill River.

By Jacob A. Fetterman  When I decided to change my major toward the end of my freshman year at Lock Haven University, I had no idea about the journey to follow. I was looking for a career that would allow me to positively impact the natural world I grew up admiring.   Five-and-a-half years later, it is safe to say that I am well … Read more