The title of this blog post may seem a bit strange – but there is a direct connection to Tyler Arboretum!
Back when I was doing some internet research for a future blog post on Carl W. Fenninger, the person for who the holly collection at Tyler Arboretum is named, my online journey took me to an article in the January 1967 issue of Pennsylvania Angler. On page 21, I came across an article titled “A PFC Co-Op Project – Bass for Delaware County.” You can access the article at this link:
There seems to be quite a history between the Delco Anglers and Conservationist (a co-op trout nursery) and Tyler Arboretum. From the History section of their website, I found the following:
Delco Anglers and Conservationist were first incorporated in October 1962. … Trout that we use to stock our local streams for the benefit of all fishermen. The nursery’s location for the first 37 years was on the grounds of Tyler Arboretum in Media Pa. We had fish pens that were rectangular raceways about 125 ft. long by 10 ft wide. The nursery has been dedicated to raising various types of trout including Brown, Rainbow, Golden and Pennsylvania’s state fish, the Brook trout, also called “Brookies”. We are proud to be one of the few co-op trout nurseries in the Southeastern part of Pennsylvania that are given fingerling Brook trout to raise.
Pennsylvania Angler is now titled Pennsylvania Angler & Boater Magazine, with its first issue published in December 1931. The magazine is published by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.