2014 Keystone Coldwater Conference
The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU) held the 11th Keystone Coldwater Conference on February 21 and 22 at the Ramada Conference Center in State College. This year’s conference, titled “Coldwater Resources: Current Practices in Conservation, Protection and Restoration” focused on providing attendees with current information and techniques that protect, conserve and restore our coldwater streams. Sessions focused on building partnerships, current research, and best management practices to ensure our coldwater ecosystems are protected well into the future.
The conference was attended by over 200 individuals from conservation districts, watershed associations, TU chapters, state agencies and universities.
On Friday, February 21, a workshop was held titled “After the Storm: Protecting and Restoring Stream Habitat. The workshop discussed the stream hydraulics and the connection between the stream and adjacent property.
Saturday’s conference featured keynote presentations by Chris Wood, the CEO and President of Trout Unlimited and Zack Cockrum the Manager of Government Affairs with Trout Unlimited. Eighteen breakout sessions rounded out the morning and afternoon.
A student poster contest was conducted on Saturday and we congratulate all the students for their effort.
The winners were:
1st Place: Tyrell DeWeber, Penn State Unveristy
2nd Place: Brandi Hake, Clarion University
3rd Place: Sam Silknetter, Susquehanna University
PATU would like to thank this year’s sponsors for their support; Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, Ecotone, Inc, PA Environment Digest; Crisci Associates, Gleim Environmental Group, PA Wildlife Federation, Hanover Engineering Associates and National Trout Unlimited.
A special thanks to the PA Fish and Boat Commission for their support and assistance in planning this year's event. Also, a special thanks to the Tackle Shack in Wellsboro and Cabelas for providing prizes for the event.