Virginia TU calls for more attention to catch-and-release, native trout in DGIF stocking plan

In response to the Virginia Stocked Trout Management Plan recently proposed by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), the Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited (VCTU) is calling for the establishment of more special regulation areas, as well as increased protection of nativ
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Little Stony Creek TU restocking project restores two local fisheries

Little Stony Creek Chapter President Mark Leonard grew up fishing Little Stony Creek and High Knob’s Mountain Fork with his dad. However, after returning to Wise County in 2007 after a 25- year absence, he found the two streams virtually dead. Determined to restore the fisheries, he a
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Laurel Fork

Data for Virginia’s wild brook trout streams now available online

Stream water chemistry data are now available online at http://swas.evsc.virginia.edu for most wild brook trout streams in the western Virginia mountains. The data are part of the Mountain Stream Database, which provides data collected during the last 25 years by the Shenandoah Waters
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Eastern lands protected with TU’s help

As 2013 drew to a close, TU made four small but strategic investments in projects that permanently protect habitat for Eastern brook trout.  Four TU Coldwater Land Conservancy Fund grants were given to three land trusts to protect 1,180 acres from future development.  Two of the grant
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TU’s Mid Atlantic Work Gets a Boost

BY KEVIN ANDERSON TU’s restore and reconnect efforts in the Mid Atlantic got a boost last week from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund.  TU’s Shenandoah Headwaters and Potomac Headwaters Home Rivers Initiatives received three grants for conserv
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JMU to host Mountain Stream Symposium II this month

James Madison University in Harrisonburg will be hosting  a one-day symposium later this month titled, “Mountain Stream Symposium II: Continuing Challenges for Critical Ecosystems,” with the goal of highlighting emerging research and management that provide opportunities f
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SNP denies Madison County request to establish new entrance on Rapidan Road

TU members in Virginia breathed a sigh of relief following today’s announcement from Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Jim Northup that the National Park Service has denied Madison County’s request to establish a new entrance for motor vehicles into the park on Rapid
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Stream survey reveals TIC brookies thriving in Wildcat Hollow

In April, we wrote about how local TU chapters, TU National, and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) were seeing potential for brook trout restoration in Wildcat Hollow, located in the Thompson Wildlife Management Area in northern Fauquier County. The stream ha
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With Embrace-a-Stream support, Garth Run work continues

“It’s a sign,” said Chubby Damron, showing off a photo of a brookie he caught 5 minutes earlier on Virginia’s Garth Run.  Chubby, president of TU’s Thomas Jefferson Chapter, had snuck away from our stream survey crew to “sample” a restored section of Garth Run further upstream. A trib
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TIC teacher wins 2013 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

A teacher from Wildwood Middle School in Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., is one of 11 recipients of the 2013 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators for her work with Trout in the Classroom in partnership with the Winchester Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Carolyn Thomas sta
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