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In his 40 years on Elkins, West Virginia’s crystal-clear rivers, Gary Lang has not only made a living guiding his customers to some of the best trout fishing in the Northeast, but has also partnered with the Service and others to preserve those rivers for future generations. Having served as the president of his local Trout Unlimited chapter, Lang has worked to restore riverbanks, remove invasive species, and keep the rivers pristine for wildlife and people to enjoy.

A year after an extensive dam removal and river cleanup effort by the Service, Clarksburg, West Virginia’s tap water has won recognition as the best in the state.

Anna Harris has fly fished in some of the most beautiful places on the planet, which currently means you can find her along Maine’s St. George River.