The Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited is based in Clarion, Pennsylvania, and serves over 100 members located across Clarion, Jefferson, Forest, and Elk Counties. IFTU is one of over 400 Trout Unlimited chapters nationwide. The Iron Furnace Chapter also belongs to the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited that provides a voice for roughly 50 local chapters and 12,000 members in Pennsylvania. IFTU sponsors or participates in numerous conservation initiatives, outreach and educational activities, and stream and watershed based projects. While many of our members fish for trout and salmon, we ALL support the “conservation, protection and restoration of coldwater fishery resources”. We welcome new members – so come join us as we continue to work to conserve our irreplaceable coldwater fisheries at a time when these resources are more at risk than ever before.
History of IFTU
The Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited was founded by 18 Charter Members on March 3, 1977 in Clarion, Pennsylvania. William Kodrich was the first acting President of IFTU. Home waters were originally streams in Clarion, Jefferson, and Elk Counties including North Fork Creek, Redbank Creek, Mill Creek, Piney Creek, Cathers Run, and the Clarion River. IFTU and several other Chapters initiated an annual student scholarship award at Clarion Univerrsity, established several long-term projects in local watersheds aimed at improving water qualitythrough acid mine drainage treatment, and supported many other conservation programs and efforts stretching from Pennsylvania to Montana.
IFTU members have served as the President of the PA Council of TU, National TU Director, and have served in numerous capacities on local and state environmental organizations and related committees. Our Chapter, led by a core of dedicated members, has been at the forefront of the conservation movement in Western Pennsylvania for over 35 years.
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