Mission & Values
The best conservation results come from partnerships between landowners, agencies, non-profits, municipalities and other stakeholders.
Conservation through collaboration
Trout Unlimited believes in an inclusive, collaborative approach to coldwater conservation that integrates the needs and expertise of all stakeholders. We actively seek to build durable partnerships to leverage resources and ensure our projects and initiatives are multi-benefit. Our formula for success makes fishing better and emphasizes four key strategies: protecting intact habitat, reconnecting fragmented fish habitat; restoring degraded habitat and at-risk native trout and salmon populations; and sustaining conservation gains and public support for them by building an active community of angler-advocates.
Protect our best fish and game habitat
It is often said that trout don’t live in ugly places. Indeed, trout thrive in healthy watersheds and wild places, often in backcountry areas on public lands with high scenic values. Trout Unlimited works through our Science team and with multiple partners to identify and better protect still-functional coldwater habitats.
Reconnect coldwater habitat
Trout Unlimited works to restore flow and ecological function to trout and waters by reconnecting reaches that have been fragmented by dams, diversions, or other factors. This work extends beyond the mainstems of rivers and streams to their tributaries, which, like nearly two-thirds of all stream miles in America, may be seasonal or ephemeral. Our reconnection efforts involve removing or repairing faulty culverts, taking out dams that are no longer necessary, and boosting streamflows They cover the full spectrum of fish habitats, from spawning and rearing reaches to migratory corridors to coldwater refuges.
Acting for conservation can take on many forms. Donate your talent and make an impact in Lancaster County
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
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.
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.