WHO WE ARE
From the shallows of Lititz Run to the banks of the Susquehanna, to the shores of the Chesapeake, to the depths of the Atlantic: conserving, protecting and restoring our cold water resources.
In the summer of 1967, a handful of conservationists met to form a local chapter of Trout Unlimited. Two years later, the Donegal Chapter officially became the 7th Pennsylvania chapter.
Our mission was simple:
- Obtain regulated fly fishing areas on the Donegal Spring and Octorara creeks.
- Introduce students to fly fishing through schools and by conducting classes.
Today, the Donegal Chapter of TU carries out its mission to protect, reconnect, restore, and sustain cold water fisheries and their watersheds in Lancaster County. Our seven-member group has grown to over eight hundred, and our annual spending has increased from $350 to almost $1,000,000.
Much of Donegal Creek has been restored, and Lititz Run has been completed and is being maintained.
We have worked to restore portions of over 14 streams in Lancaster County since 2004 alone, and now sponsor 24 Trout In the Classroom projects in county schools.
We’re looking forward to continuing our mission — restoring more streams while providing conservation education. We often wonder if the seven original volunteers imagined such an active and vibrant chapter. We thank them for getting us started, and we invite you to join us – making our environment cleaner, better — one stream at a time.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
— Take Action
Acting for conservation can take on many forms. Donate your talent and make an impact in Lancaster County
— Act Locally
With an average monthly membership of more than 800 members, DTU is one of the largest and most active Trout Unlimited chapters not only in Pa but also in the entire country. There is a constant need for additional volunteers and donors to continue and expand the work. Please contact any Chapter officers or committee chairs to learn about opportunities to get involved
Want to help out? Check out our volunteer page for an overview of opportunities.
What DTU Does
— We Educate
DTU has maintained an active education and
outreach schedule to promote conservation with all age groups in Lancaster County.
Included in this will be an improved website designed to educate, inform, and become a resource for environment educators and parents. As soon as life returns to normal we will resume in person activities.
— Our Approach
Because the best conservation work is done by connecting landowners, agencies, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders, most projects are soup-to-nut efforts. Each project is unique. In a typical year, DTU works with more than 50 cooperating organizations to identify conservation work that needs to be done, to work with landowners to find possible solutions, to assess watersheds, to develop engineering solutions, and to find necessary funding. All this planning and work on the ground is done to improve streams and buffer to the point where they can heal themselves. We get our hands dirty. We have the science to back up our claims.
Chapter members sleep, breathe and occasionally even eat trout — and we love to talk about fishing . . . But our focus is on conservation. All members are volunteers, but we are known for all of the quality projects that we complete on time and under budget.