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Posted in Rock Run Volunteer Opportunity

Rock Run Work Day Cancelled

The work day on Rock Run scheduled for Monday, June 24th has been cancelled due to wet conditions. The new date is Monday, July 22nd. If you want to volunteer or just observe, we are meeting at the park office on Linn Run Road at 9 am on July 22nd. We will be working with park staff to position limestone sand to the headwaters of the stream.



Posted in Citizen Science Rock Run

Rock Run Water Testing 6-5-19

Here’s the results of our monthly water tests at the mouth of Rock Run for June 2019.

Air Temperature: 64 Degree F
Water Temperature: 55.5 Degrees F
Linn Run Discharge: 21.1
Linn Run Gauge: 1.98
pH: 6.53
Alkalinity: 4.1
Flow: Medium/Clear






Posted in Youth Education

Trout In The Classroom Release Day At Linn Run

Josh Penatzer of the Loyalhanna Watershed Association leads an electro fishing survey on Linn Run

FTTU recently assisted approximately 120, 6th grade students from Ligonier Valley Middle School in releasing brook trout they raised in their classroom over the winter. The event was part of an all-day field trip focused on ecology with multiple learning stations and activities. The activities were split between Linn Run State Park and Loyalhanna Watershed Association’s Nimick Family Education Center.

This was the culmination of the Trout in the Classroom project for the 2018-19 school year. Students searched under stream rocks and in bundles of water-covered decaying leaves to find and identify bugs that fish feed on. Mr. Ryan Podlucky, LVMS’s Health & Physical Education teacher and sponsor of the Outdoor Club noted, “Our students not only gained insight into what it takes to raise our state fish, the Brook Trout, but they learned so much more. They learned the benefits of wetlands and cold water conservation, bug life and identification, and the importance of a well balanced ecological system.”



Posted in Events Fund Raising

2019 Picnic & Raffle

Check Your Mailbox!

The 2109 FTTU Picnic & Raffle is only a month away. Members should expect to receive an envelope in the mail with 10 raffle tickets, the latest issue of The Trails and a return envelope. If you wish to purchase raffle tickets, simply fill out the top halves with your name and phone number and send them in along with a check for $5.00/ticket using the return envelope provided. Keep the bottom half. There is an order form included in The Trails to fill out if you wish to purchase food tickets for the picnic and/or any additional raffle tickets.
New this year, kids picnic food tickets are available for kids 12 and under for only $5.00! There will be games, fishing and prizes for the kids.

We have an unbelievable line-up of prizes for the raffle including a 7′ 6″ Headwaters bamboo fly rod with bag, case, reel and line, a Regal Medallion vise with bronze base, a 9′ 6 weight Orvis fly rod and an Umpqua Overlook chest pack not to mention a $460.00 46th anniversary cash jackpot! Recently added – a TFO Bug Launcher fly rod.

We will also have as a special silent auction item a handcrafted split bamboo walking staff made by Gig Diorio of Ligonier.  Gig spends many painstaking hours splitting, hand planing, gluing and finishing this one-of-a-kind heirloom quality item. You got to see it to believe it!

The picnic will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Kingston Sportsmen’s Club in Kingston, PA – rain or shine.
Raffle winners will be drawn at the picnic. Picnic meal tickets are limited to 150 – first come first served. We will sell meal tickets at the door depending on availability and, of course, raffle tickets will be available to purchase at the picnic. There will also be a 50/50 drawing.

Please consider supporting FTTU by attending the picnic and purchasing some raffle tickets. If you cannot make it to the picnic, you can still buy some raffle tickets – winners do not need to be present, and you do not have to be an FTTU or TU member to participate.

For more information or answers to questions email us at

There will be smaller prizes added and other ticket buying locations announced, so check back here at for updates and availability of tickets.

Click the link to download a picnic ticket order form Picnic Ticket Order Form.

See You There!



Posted in Events Veterans

2nd Annual Disabled Veterans Fishing Outing

FTTU’s 2nd annual Disabled Vets Fishing Outing was a big success.
We had a great weather and a a good turn out of veterans and volunteers.
The fishing was good and everyone had a great time.
See the full report and a slide show on the Community Service Page.




Posted in Citizen Science Rock Run

Rock Run Data 5-1-19

Water testing was done May 1st. The numbers are:

Air Temperature: 82 Degrees F
Water Temperature: 58 Degrees F
pH: 6.4
Alkalinity: 3.0
Linn Run Gauge: 1.97
Linn Run Discharge: 19.6
Flow: Med-High, Clear




Posted in Meetings Volunteer Opportunity

May Meeting & Litter Pick-Up

Clean-Up Crew from May 2018

Hard to believe but April is almost over. Our May meeting will be held Wednesday, May 1st at 6:00 pm, this month, upstairs at Geo’s in Latrobe.
At this month’s meeting, we will be discussing the 2019 picnic and finalizing plans for the May 11 Disabled Vets event.

We need volunteers to secure raffle prizes and plan activities. We want to make this year’s picnic a family oriented event with activities and prizes for kids. We will be asking all members to purchase/sell raffle and picnic tickets. Expect a mailing from FTTU later in May.

Tickets will also be available at our June meeting at the Lincoln Highway SupperMarket on June 5.

We are also asking members to help sell buttons to raise funds for our future Veterans Service Programs. We ask for a $5.00 donation for each. You can pick up a bag of buttons at our get together at Geo’s.

There will be an informal stream-side clean-up on the Loyalhanna Creek Delayed Harvest section in Ligonier. The amount of stream we can cover will depend on how many volunteers participate.
If you’d like to help out, we are meeting at the Nature Trail parking lot (across from Giant Eagle) at 4:30 pm.


Posted in Citizen Science Rock Run

Rock Run Testing For April

Monthly Rock Run water testing was done on Saturday April 6, 2019.

Air Temperature – 54 degrees F
Water Temperature – 43.5 degrees F
Linn Run Gauge – 1.86
Linn Run Discharge – 14.4
pH – 6.5
Alkalinity – 4.5
Flow – Moderate and Clear




Posted in Action Alert

Help Save Bristol Bay

After a decade, the world’s worst idea, the Pebble Mine, is still alive. If it comes to a reality, the mine would be the largest open pit mine operation on the planet and would be located in one of the most pristine wilderness areas in the world – Bristol Bay Alaska. Untouched by development, the Bristol Bay watershed is a salmon factory, home to the largest run of sockeye salmon and one of the best king salmon runs in the world. It’s a 10,000 year old job creator and has fed and employed people for generations. Now, all that is at risk for the short term gain of the mine. In short, the mine would cause the dewatering of the Bristol Bay watershed and containment of toxic mine tailings in perpetuity – a recipe for disaster.

Currently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a 90 day comment period on the environmental impact study for the mine. Add your voice to the chorus opposing this disaster waiting to happen.
Click here for the comment link and here to learn more about the issue.



Posted in Meetings Women's Involvement

April Meeting

FTTU’s monthly meeting for April will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at the Nimick Family Education Center in Ligonier. This month we have a special guest – Kylie Hogan.
Kylie is a recent graduate of Pitt Johnstown and is currently a science teacher at Conemaugh Valley Sr/Jr High Schools. She will be doing a slide show/video presentation on her experiences in TU’s 5 Rivers Odyssey. In this program she spent a month exploring southern Alaska fishing for five species of wild Pacific salmon and learning about conservation issues there.
Note that this meeting will be starting at 7:00 pm instead of 6:00.
See you there!