ALCS Partners with Trout Unlimited to Improve Wild Trout Habitat
October 1, 2020
(Leidy Township, Clinton County, PA) -- Appalachian Land & Conservation Services Co., LLC partners with Trout Unlimited to Improve Wild Trout Habitat.
On Monday, September 28th and Tuesday September 29th, Trout Unlimited used old fashioned manpower and a tracked loader to improve trout habitat on Beaverdam Run in Leidy Township, Clinton County, Pennsylvania.
The work comprised felling marked trees along the stream corridor and moving them into position in the stream bed where they can provide cover for trout, protect the stream banks from erosion, channel water into deeper runs and pools, and act as a shock-absorber for high water events that would otherwise tear up the stream bed.
Beaverdam Run is a Class A Wild Trout Stream, the highest designation of Pennsylvania's wild trout waters. Appalachian Land & Conservation Services owns 1,200 feet of Beaverdam Run, probably the stream's best fishing stretch, and welcomed TU to make the upgrades.
"We share Trout Unlimited's commitment to hands-on trout habitat improvement and improved fishing. This is the best of TU's work, it is really their signature work. Therefore, we welcomed TU here to do what they do best, build homes for trout so that the trout can prosper and so people can catch and release them," says Josh First, ALCS's president.
While TU required no public access fishing for doing the work, ALCS has left this private property open for public fishing, accessed from Kettle Creek State Park's equestrian campground to the east and from Sproul State Forest to the west. ALCS worked with TU staff to identify and mark the trees for felling and met with county conservation district staff to ensure all laws and regulations were followed.
Trout Unlimited continued the same work upstream into Sproul State Forest.