Ecotone was a proud sponsor of this year's
Keystone Coldwater Conference: Current Practices in Conservation, Protection and Restoration held in State College, Pennsylvania. The conference featured several break out sessions with topics related to conserving, protecting, and restoring cold water streams including trout habitat improvement projects.
Presentations highlighted research topics and case studies of interest, opportunities for community involvement, policy and regulations, and targeted outreach and advocacy initiatives that have been successful in ensuring environmental protection.
Specific presentations showed advancement in data collection through the the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to identify patches of trout stream to be restored, while Universities presented findings regarding the relationship between global warming, water temperature, and trout populations. Other topics included the impact of riparian buffers on maintaining water temperature, the importance of stream restoration partnerships, and potential recovery methods of benthic invertebrates and brook trout following a flooding event. For more information, please visit the Keystone Coldwater Conference website at www.outreach.psu.edu/coldwaterconservation/.