Sacred places steeped in history that go as far back as pre-Revolutionary War
While names like Slate Run, Cedar Run, Pine Creek, Camp Run, Laurel Run, Esopus and Kaaterskill creeks, Neversink, Beaverkill, Monongahela River, Cheat River, Potomac River, Greenbrier River, Elk River, Tygart River, Gauley River, Walnut Creek, Cattaraugus Creek, Conneaut Creek, Vermilion River, Rocky River, Chagrin River, Grand River mean little to someone south of Virginia or west of Ohio.
They are, however, places of beauty to outdoors folks living in Central Appalachia. Your editors walked the banks on many, many of these aquatic treasures. Places rich in native brook trout, rainbow trout, steelhead, salmon, smallmouth bass, panfish, deer and turkey.
All those places face severe environmental impacts of the permanently negative kind
Untested gas extraction technology is racing across the Central Appalachian region – effecting New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and eastern Ohio. This industrial-scale energy development is even encroaching on public lands. Lands vital to fishing and hunting.
Trout Unlimited’s Report is not dull stuff of academia
It takes a deeper look into those public places, outlining the potential risks posed by gas drilling operations and providing recommendations from sportsmen and women that promote responsible energy development.
Read what TU has to say. If you’re not an Appalachian easterner it still has legs – could be you next .