Advocacy opportunity: Carbon Pricing and the Budget Reconcilliation process

Tim Kelly of Citizen’s Climate Lobby urges us to contact our Senators and urge them to include carbon pricing in the Budget Reconcilliation Bill.

Click Here for more information about how to take action.

PATU seeks Outreach Coordinator

The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU) is seeking a full-time AmeriCorps service member to serve as its Communications and Outreach Coordinator to recruit, retain, and reactivate volunteers across Pennsylvania. This person will provide outreach to PATU’s 49 chapters, current and potential partners, and the public, acting as a liaison to the board of directors. The Coordinator will work with PATU’s board, committees, chapters, and Program Director to plan and promote Trout Unlimited programs, projects, and events statewide. They will assist volunteers with finding the resources, funding, and partners needed to implement watershed stewardship and angling programs such as Trout in the Classroom, STREAM Girls, family fishing programs, and Women, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives.

They will develop weekly content for the PATU website and social media accounts and quarterly content for the PA Trout newsletter. They will also be expected to help maintain regular email communications between the PATU board and chapter members. They will report to the Program Director. Their office will be in State College or DuBois, Pennsylvania, but reimbursable travel across the state may be occasionally required. Hours will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm with occasional evenings and weekends. This position is being offered for a one-year term with the possibility of extension to a second term. Must be a United States citizen age 17 or older to apply. Last day to apply is July 21, 2021.

For more information and to apply visit:

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/625174/Trout-Unlimited-Inc/AmeriCorps-Communications-and-Outreach-Coordinator

Click Here for another way to get the details.

A few seats left in the most recent Days on the Water course

Pass this along to any beginning fly flshers you know. Rob Reeder and Scott Lockner do a great job…lots of good information about fishing that you can put to use immediately. Click Here for a course description and how to register.

Senate Passes Brewster Bill to Aid Therapeutic Fishing Programs

The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously approved a bill by Sen. Jim Brewster aimed at helping veterans and others who are “in recovery” by waiving license fees for recreational fishing within the confines of an approved program.

PA Senate Bill 241, will exempt the cost of fishing licenses in Pennsylvania for veterans and other individuals taking steps towards physical or mental recovery as part of therapeutic angling events sponsored by established service groups such as Project Healing Waters. (Click here for text). The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission estimated in 2018 that more than 60 different service organizations and hundreds of unique one-day fishing opportunity events across the Commonwealth would have qualified for exemption under the provisions of the bill.

“Fishing, like all outdoor recreation, is healthy fun, healthy for the economy and we now know that it can be an important part of the health of thousands of Pennsylvanians trying to overcome challenges,” Brewster said. “I’m looking forward to seeing hundreds of events across Pennsylvania that provide opportunities for recreational and therapeutic angling.”

The bill now goes to the House.

Advocacy

Advocacy of conservation and environmental issues is an important aspect of our mission, as outlined in the recently adopted Strategic Plan. We’ve added a column titled “ADVOCACY” to the Conservation page. Please contact [email protected] with ideas for individual and/or group action.

Board Approves Strategic Plan

Every organization benefits from taking a hard look at where they are and where they are going. Your Board, following a suggestion by Ed Barger and with the expert assistance of Jamie Schroder and Bryan Mathie, has developed a plan for the Chapter that should guide our activities for the immediate future. The plan has been unanimously approved by the Board. Click here to view the plan.

Greg Hoover’s Cicada pattern

Those of you who listened to Greg Hoover talk about the Brood 10 Cicada hatch this year will appreciate the details of his pattern. The fly is shown in the picture. Click here for a pdf of Greg’s article. Click here for a condensed recipe. This is a photo of the Chenille Greg uses:

Cecil Township Park Youth Fishing Derby a success

The happy smile on Brendan Ewig’s face reflects the spirit of the first annual Youth Fishing Derby held at Cecil Park on May 1, 2021. Brendan is 11 y.o. and the fish was released for others to angle for. Our chapter provided 220 # of rainbow trout (including 7 golden rainbows that the kids loved) for Miller’s Run, the creek that passes through the Cecil Township Park. Chapter support was designed to introduce youth to the magic of trout and angling for them. Fifty kids participated.

PWWTU Board Endorses “Energy Inovation Act” (H.R. 2307; 117th Congress)

Your Board has endorsed the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act introduced into the House of Representatives by Rep. Ted Deutsch (D, Florida; shown above). Click here for a quick summary of the Act. Click Here if you would also like to endorse the bill. ‘

TROUT UNLIMITED has endorsed the bill with the following statement:

Climate change is no longer a distant problem— it’s right here, right now in the form of rising temperatures, unpredictable floods, worsening droughts, and more intense wildfires. Climate change threatens the resilience of native trout and salmon fisheries, from the Rio Grande cutthroat trout of Colorado and New Mexico to the Eastern brook trout of Appalachia and the Northeast. Trout Unlimited believes it is time for Congress to seriously address the root cause of climate change. Congressman Deutch’s bill, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, would use market mechanisms to substantially reduce carbon emissions—and help us save our fisheries, the health of our communities, and the watersheds on which they rely.

Bryan Mathie is winner of Spirit of TU award

Our Bryan Mathie has been named as a winner of a prestigeous Trout Unlimited award: The Spirit of TU Award. Ed Barger, Chuck Buffington and Larry Myers (from the Forbes Trail Chapter) worked with Doug Spiro (a videographer – “Spirovision”) to produce a 2-minute video about Bryan’s activities in the chapter and PA Council. Click here to see the nomination video.