Preserving Streams and Their Wild Trout Populations:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Created by congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) directs public conservation dollars to pressing environmental needs, matching those investments with private funds. A $500,000 Foundation grant to NFWF in 2016 is supporting ongoing efforts to survey coldwater streams in Pennsylvania to determine if they contain trout or other important or threatened species. The funding also supports developing plans for future conservation and monitoring in 11 key western Pennsylvania landscapes that, with assistance from NFWF, the trustees identified as priorities for the Foundation.
A premier example of a public-private partnership, this grant helps continue work that began in 2011 and has been significantly enhanced by involvement of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). The PFBC trains college and university students studying biology, as well as volunteers with qualified nonprofit organizations, to conduct stream assessments, beginning with watersheds whose headwater streams are the most at-risk and likely to contain trout. Of the nearly 5,000 streams assessed to date, 48 percent support wild trout populations, qualifying them for a higher level of protection under Pennsylvania’s Clean Stream Law and adding 1,741 miles of flowing water to the state’s Class A stream category.