To conserve, protect and restore North America's Coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
By the next generation, Trout Unlimited will ensure that robust populations of native and wild Coldwater fish once again thrive within our local area, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.
TU has a basic approach to its conservation strategy.
1. We use the best available science and research to protect headwater spawning habitat for native trout. We reconnect tributaries with their rivers to ensure resilience, and we restore waters where development has impacted trout and the opportunity to fish for them.
2. We sustain our work on the ground by:
•Using the best research provided by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission to drive our conservation
•Promoting and maintaining a strong legal and regulatory framework to protect fish and fishing opportunity.
•Connecting with passionate anglers who want to give back to the resource they value so much.
•Increasing our ability to engage TU members in conservation by training, educating and building a strong
community of angler advocates.
•Connecting with generous partners in support of our financial realm.
•Helping members connect and communicate with one another via our website, TROUT Magazine and
the TU Blog.
ACTU, over the years, has pursued and advanced TU's mission in the following ways:
•Spearheaded the stream habitat improvement of numerous watersheds in Adams County; including: Conewago Creek, Conococheague Creek, Marsh Creek, Mountain Creek, Latimore Creek and Opossum Creek
•Advocated for responsible real estate development through crafting agreements with various developers, governing storm water runoff and other watershed protection issues, in partnership with the Adams County Conservation District, by adopting and protecting stream access.
•Led the creation of handicapped fishing access on Latimore Creek.
•Led ongoing stewardship and monitoring of cold water watersheds.
•Supported an active grant and education program designed to assist landowners to become better stewards of their riparian watersheds.
•Worked closely with the Pennsylvania State DCNR and Adams County Conservation District to secure reimbursement for seedlings and fencing along streams.
•Sponsored monthly speakers on fishing, fly tying, endangered species and other conservation related topics.
Trout in the Classroom (TIC) Program
The chapter is proud to support the second-largest TIC program in Pennsylvania. Led by Adam McClain, the chapter currently supports the following schools/instructors in the program:
Bermudian Middle School - Danyelle Kaiser
Bermudian Springs High School – Dianna Jarema
Gettysburg High School - Laura Kennedy
Gettysburg High School - Steve Glassmann
Gettysburg Middle School - Cristina Clark-Cuadrado
Gettysburg Montessori School – Heather Edmond and Nicole Rickell
Harrisburg Area Community College (Gettysburg Campus) – Bill Hartzell
New Oxford High School – Crystal Krumrine
St. Francis Xavier – Amy Woods
Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve – Lizzy Ryan
Upper Adams High School - Michelle Miller
ACTU is the proud recipient of the following national-level and state-level awards:
2020 Best Small Chapter Award from PA TU
2004 National Prestigious Gold Trout Award from National TU
Each year, the Chapter presents the PA Fish and Boat Commission Adopt-A-Stream Award and the David Swope Merit and Recognition Award to active members who have demonstrated their commitment to the ACTU mission. We are pleased to recognize the following award winners:
PFBC Adopt-a-Stream Chapter Merit and Recognition
2021 Buzz Dettinburn Howard Hellyer
2020 Gary Perry Jerry Gladfelter
2019 Richard Lewis Cindy Staub
2018 April Swope Hank Rajotte
2016 Larry Hartlaub Richard Lewis
2015 Dave Swope Rebecca Plesic
2014 Gary Toner Amy Stum
2013 Chris Plesic Joe Whitmore
2012 Andy Murray Jetsy Murray
2011 Edwin McGlaughlin Mona Lippert
2010 Dave Swope Joe Heine
2009 Mark Kessler Bob Marchio
2008 Edwin McGlaughlin Dave Lippert
2007 Dick Killen Peg Bucher
2006 Mike Hossler
2005 Terry Sipe Dave Swope
2004 Dave Swope Terry Sipe
2003 Randy Wildasin Edwin McGlaughlin
2002 Mike Hossler Dan Herrick
2001 Dan Herrick & Bert Weisman (NVTU) Randy Wildasin
2000 Rick James Mel Brown
1999 Mel Brown Rick James
1988 Knouse Foods