USYFFT looks ahead to the new year in conservation




USYFFT stream conservation work on Thompson Run, PA

The USYFFT will be working on a number of streams this coming season, providing local youth, Clinic participants and Team members with valuable time  working on significant habitat restoration and riparian improvements.  For more details, please see the tab off the main menu,  “Conservation and the Team – Overview”

The programs developed by the Youth Team have focused on wild trout stream conservation and environmental awareness, teach the youth valuable life skills and instills in them a life-long commitment to protect the valuable natural resources that are important for recreation and a community’s economy. A partnership with your organization would allow our work with the youth to continue and expand. The young anglers interested in Team USA Youth come from all over the country, wanting to be top performers in the sport but also willing to learn to be stewards of the nation’s streams and stream habitats. Each clinic organized by the Team has included a stream-side program, the popularity of which continues to grow. In the last two years, significant work has been started on local Pennsylvania area streams in Centre, Cambria and Blair counties, often in partnership with The Rockwell Foundation, national Trout Unlimited, Appalachian Outdoors, Penn State University, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Pennsylvania department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Coldwater Heritage Partnership, Northwest Bank, State College Area School District’s Delta Program, Our Lady of Victory School, PSU students from the Society of Environmental Engineers and PSU Fly Fishing Club, Rothrock State Forest, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Headwaters Charitable Trust, the Centre County Conservation District and local businesses including Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., Pinnacle Erosion Control, Dantes Inc. and Blaise Alexander. The partners provide in-kind donations that help the Team work on various stream and riparian projects. When clinics are conducted in other states (NC, MT, CO, NY), the programs work with local conservancy groups, like the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, or various state wildlife agencies and fish and boat commissions. Some examples of donated items include 40 tons of stone, hemlock logs, and heavy equipment. These schools provide students and often make the work part of their science curricula. Students become familiar with water chemistry, aquatic macro-invertebrate identification, habitat requirements. They also do much of the physical work, positioning logs, pounding re-bar, and making riparian plantings.  Work completed to date has resulted in measurable erosion control and reduced sediment flows. In the last few years a number of Team members have chosen fields of study in environmental and aquatic biology fields. In all cases, the youth working on these activities felt a sense of accomplishment and the concepts of environmental stewardship came into focus. Increased awareness of these efforts has led to more requests for joint programs. 

The years ahead will bring more work on habitat.  Permits as of this date have been secured from the PA Fish and Boat Commission and the PA Department of Environmental Protection to construct in-stream and riparian habitat enhancement structures in wild and wilderness trout streams throughout Pennsylvania.  In addition, we have guarantees of significant in-kind contributions for the habitat restoration work.

      • Laurel Run, Huntington County, PA  – Major partners are the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and National Trout Unlimited
      • Isers Run, Somerset County, PA – Major partners are The Rockwell Foundation and National Trout Unlimited
      • Romola Branch, Centre County, PA – Major partner is National Trout Unlimited
      • Little Killbuck, Cambria County, PA – Major partner is National Trout Unlimited
      • Garner Run, Huntingdon County, PA – Major partner is the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Full plans for each project are available upon request  by contacting John Ford, President, USYFFT, Inc.,  814-571-5593