Naturalist's Notes

Brook Trout in NEPA

By Paul Lumia • October 17 2017

The eastern brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is a char, the only salmonid native to the cold water streams of Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth’s state fish. Historically the range of our state fish was much larger but due to changes in climate, development and air pollution the known habitat has shrunk considerably!

We have to do more to protect this wonderful species. The brook trout can be looked upon as an indicator species. If it is doing well then the environment we live in is doing well

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