Project Coordinator Battenkill Home Rivers Initiative
My passion for coldwater conservation started as a simple enjoyment of fishing and the outdoors with my father, exploring many streams throughout PA. It wasn't until my freshman year of college that I decided to turn that enjoyment into a career endeavor. I went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Environmental/Ecology concentration) from Lock Haven University. While there, I was able to enjoy fly fishing spring creeks while simultaneously learning what makes them such great places for trout and other aquatic organisms. Internships with Trout Unlimited in PA and the Bureau of Land Management in ID drove me to obtain a Master of Science in Renewable Natural Resources (Fisheries Management concentration) from Louisiana State University before making my way back to the Northeastern US and Trout Unlimited. In 2019, I moved to Greenwich, NY and got right to work alongside John Braico to complete an assessment of the NY portion of the Battenkill watershed and reach assessments along the main stem and Camden Creek. After a summer and early fall of assessments and initial prioritization, I was fortunate enough to be offered the position of Project Coordinator for Trout Unlimited's Battenkill Home Rivers Initiative. Since then, I have been organizing volunteer events, assessments, surveys, and restoration projects throughout the Battenkill watershed.
"The Battenkill is a source of inspiration through its beauty, power, tranquility, and resilience. Anglers find hope in the possibility of catching a once in a lifetime trout, but even better, communities rally in support of a common cause - greater than themselves."