Conserving Brook Trout in West Virginia

The brook trout is a valued heritage species in West Virginia, and these fish are essential to helping us to understand the health and the ecology of the streams in which they live. 

NFWF has been supporting the work of Trout Unlimited and other organizations working to improve conditions for brook trout in the watersheds of West Virginia for decades. In 2022 alone, NFWF invested nearly $1 million into the organization’s efforts in the state to restore eroding stream banks and forest buffers, enhance in-stream habitats, remove barriers to fish passage and address sources of sedimentation. 

This work will improve habitats not only for brook trout, but also Eastern hellbenders, candy darters and other rare and fascinating residents of these hidden streams.