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We are passionate about wild brook trout, and the need for our work to keep brook trout on the map has never been more important.
Photo credit: Ryan Hagerty/USFWS

What is the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture?

The EBTJV is a network of fisheries managers, scientists, nonprofits, state and federal agencies, regional and local governments, businesses, conservation organizations, academia, scientific societies, and Tribal organizations that is working to conserve healthy populations of brook trout in the eastern native range. We work collaboratively with partners at multiple geographic and jurisdictional scales to reverse the declining trend for wild Brook Trout, and are one of the twenty members of the National Fish Habitat Partnership.

 One of our most important products is the EBTJV assessment.  This map documents brook trout occurrence at the catchment (small watershed) and patch (groupings of catchments) scale.


Patch map 2024
This map shows patches, or groupings of small watersheds, where wild brook trout exist either without the competition of brown and rainbow trout, or alongside these non-native species.

What does the EBTJV do?

We are the only conservation organization devoted entirely to wild brook trout and its role in coldwater systems. We fill a need for collaborative, coordinated management of brook trout habitat across jurisdictional lines, especially through:


Science and Data

Links to tools that can assist natural resource managers when making decisions about brook trout conservation actions.


Collaboration and Information Sharing

Brook trout don’t understand administrative boundaries. Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture facilitates communication across local and state lines so that agencies, scientists, and citizen groups can work collectively and more effectively to keep brook trout on the map. Stay tuned for upcoming workshops and discussions.


Funding Results-Oriented Habitat Projects

Each year, the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture requests project proposals that are focused on conserving and restoring populations of wild brook trout and their habitats. See recent projects here.

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Promoting the Story of Native, Wild Brook Trout

Learn more about this beautiful, iconic fish that has captured the heart of anglers, writers, artists, and scholars alike, and why the need to protect it and its habitat is more urgent than ever.

What you can do

Are you part of an organization, business group, or governmental entity that might have an interest in joining EBTJV? To support these collaborative efforts, the EBTJV Steering Committee has adopted a formal Management Structure and all active partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU affirms a voluntary commitment to participate in this Fish Habitat Partnership. Continued expansion of the partnership will allow the EBTJV to represent all interested partners in advancing the partnership’s strategic priorities. If your organization would like to become a formal member of the EBTJV, please view the MOU and contact EBTJV coordinator, Lori Maloney, at for next steps.

Not with an organization - that's ok!  If you would like to learn more about what you can do, please go here. Also, connect with us via email to receive news and notifications in your inbox! 

EBTJV at NCTC 2023
EBTJV at NCTC in 2023

EBTJV Steering Committee Members

State Agency Members:

Adam Kautza - Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

BrianEltz/Matt Goclowski/Andrew Bade – CT Department of Energy &Environmental Protection

Andrew Rabern – GA Dept.of Natural Resources

Matt Lawrence/Jason Cessna – MD Dept. of Natural Resources

Jake Rash – NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Merry Gallagher – ME Dept. of Inland fisheries and Wildlife

John Magee/Dalton Courtemarche – NH Fish and Game

Ross Shramko – NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife

Greg Kozlowski/Fred Henson – NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Jason Detar – PA Fish and Boat Commission

Corey Pelletier – RI Department of Environmental Management

Dan Rankin - SC Department of Natural Resources

Jim Habera – TN Wildlife Resources Agency

Brad Fink - VA Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (follow link in his name for interview)

Lee Simard/Maureen Lynch – VT Fish and Wildlife Department

David Thorne – WV Division of Natural Resources

Federal Agency Members:

Will Duncan – US Fish and Wildlife Service

US Geological Survey

Nat Gillespie – US Forest Service

Matt Kulp – National Park Service



Jud Kratzer – American Fisheries Society

Shawn Rummel – Trout Unlimited

Glenn Erikson – Federation of Fly Fishers

Geof Day- Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition

EBTJV Leadership:

Jake Rash (NCWRC) – S.C. Chairman

Lee Simard (VT FWD) - S.C. Vice Chairman

Nat Gillespie (USDA Forest Service) - Past Chairman

Lori Maloney (Canaan Valley Institute) - Coordinator


EBTJV Member at-large:

Steve Perry 

EBTJV is supported by our 501c(3) sponsor, the Canaan Valley Institute.