Students from Wildwood Middle School in Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia are looking into the possibility of reintroducing brook trout to the panhandle of West Virginia. Brook trout were extirpated from the eastern panhandle of the state some time ago (trying to find out exactly when is typically difficult) due to development and habitat loss, the usual stuff. However, it appears that some streams and forests have come back enough to at least make the study of reintroduction worthwhile.
This program has some strong local support from people like Kelly’s White Fly Shop in Shepherdstown, WV, the Winchester Virginia Trout Unlimited chapter, local guide and fly casting instructor Dusty Wissmath, and others.
You can follow their progress on the Wildwood Middle School blog.