Skyline Chapter partners with local colleges to clean streams

The Skyline Chapter of Trout Unlimited recently teamed up with students from local colleges to remove litter from two trout streams.

On April 6th, seven TU volunteers and 26 Cadets from the Virginia Military Institute performed a cleanup of Back Run with support of the U.S. Forest Service. They filled up a 5-ton USFS dump truck twice with old tires, an old sofa, Styrofoam, bottles, car parts and other trash.

On April 20th, four volunteers joined four members of Sweet Briar College’s Environmental Club for a cleanup along Piney River. Member Joe Malloy, who works at Sweet Briar, was instrumental in recruiting the club assistance.

The chapter has partnered with VMI, Sweet Briar, and Washington & Lee University on other projects, as well, including an annual fly-fishing tournament and Project Healing Waters activities.

“Both the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Forest Service recognize the volunteer work we’ve put in, see us as a partner to solutions, and respond very well to conservation concerns we identify,” says chapter president Steve Romine. “Collectively we cover a lot of miles of stream in a year.”

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The Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited is made up of representatives of the state’s 16 TU chapters.