Petitioning to Protect and Manage Brown Trout in PA

Would you, as a Pennsylvania trout angler, like to see our trout and waters achieve their greatest potential? Would you like to have the opportunity to pursue large wild brown trout year-round? Would you like to see our valley floor cold-water streams and our larger streams, which are now considered…

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Recovering America’s Wildlife Act
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Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) is a special once-in-a-generation piece of conservation legislation. If passed, it dedicates roughly 1.4 billion dollars to restoration efforts across the country aimed at preventing vulnerable wildlife from becoming endangered. We are in the midst of a biodiversity crisis as more and more species…

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DFTU’s First Online Auction

As our members certainly know, COVID-19 brought unanticipated disruptions to all aspects of our health and social lives, including to the Doc Fritchey chapter’s annual fund-raising banquet, which was scheduled and cancelled three times. Because the banquet is our chapter’s main source of project funding for the year, the chapter’s…

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Old Men and Redbuds

Thanks to the generous help of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the chapter planted additional trees along the east bank of our streambank restoration project on Snitz Creek in North Cornwall Township, Lebanon County. As you can see from the photographs, this time we had plastic tubes and wooden stakes to…

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Rep. Tom Mehaffie Recognized by PA Fish & Boat on Passage of HB 808

Many thanks to PA State Rep. Tom Mehaffie for his work pushing through House Bill 808 allowing the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to set their own fees. Chapter President Russ Collins and Secretary Trip McGarvey joined Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director Tim Schaeffer at Bullfrog Valley Park to…

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Good for the Environment? You Decide!

As many of you know, the work that we do as a grassroots conservation organization often encounters headwinds, not the least of which is climate change. The science behind climate change could not be clearer: we need to take immediate and meaningful steps to reduce our carbon emissions. The support…

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2020 Fundraiser Moves to Online

Traditionally, the Doc Fritchey Chapter raises almost all the money we need to carry out our conservation and stewardship mission on one evening in late winter, at our annual conservation fundraising banquet. We all know how that worked out in March of 2020: We all stayed home and started to…

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The Quittapahilla Watershed Association

Written by Michael Schroeder The masthead on the website of the Quittapahilla Watershed Association reads as thus ... “Dedicated to cleaner water flowing from the Quittie to the Swatara to the Susquehanna to the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic & beyond.” The QWA is an all-volunteer grassroots organization based in…

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DFTU Sponsors Local Student for 2020 Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp

Central Dauphin freshman Mason Liartis was accepted to attend the 2020 Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp. Early applications for the 2020 Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp opened for acceptance back in November, 2019. This month, we were happy to hear that someone from the Harrisburg area…

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