NFWF assisted the Foundation in identifying 11 key
landscapes in western Pennsylvania for future conservation
investments. That led to a broad set of metrics to be
accomplished over the next five years—increasing Eastern
Brook Trout habitat in 10 watersheds, opening 170 miles of
upstream habitat now blocked by dams or culverts, restoring
3,700 acres of riparian habitat, 5,000 acres of Cerulean
Warbler habitat, 2,500 acres of Golden-winged Warbler
habitat, 2,500 acres of American Woodcock habitat, and
reducing sediment pollution by four million pounds annually.

Preserving Streams and Their Wild Trout Populations:

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

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.