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Comment sought on new approach to managing state’s trout streams

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking angler feedback through June 25 on a proposed plan to manage trout in inland streams, with the goal of safeguarding wild trout and expand fishing opportunities.

“New York is blessed with a wide array of trout stream resources and we take great pride in our comprehensive efforts to improve their management,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos wrote in a press release. “This plan is the culmination of more than two years of DEC work and outreach and lays the groundwork for managing our trout streams in a responsible manner while also expanding angling opportunities to the greatest extent possible.”

Aspects of the plan are the result of public meetings held with anglers in 2017, to identify desired outcomes for the state’s trout streams. The plan covers a broad spectrum of management areas and angler interests associated with trout stream management.

The public can comment on the Draft Trout Stream Management Plan, which is available at the DEC’s website. Public comments will be accepted through June 25. Following a review of public comments received and further evaluation this summer,

DEC will finalize the plan and begin implementation.

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