What’s the state of our state fish?

Brook trout

MIKE ADAMS / NEW JERSEY MONTHLY – From the long ridge that is Kittatinny Mountain, you can peer west across the Delaware River, over a rolling forest of Eastern hemlock, white oak and red maple. To the east, the view stretches over a large swath of broken forest and Wallkill River Valley farmland. Both directions bear the marks of civilization. A canoe drifts down the Delaware, smoke plumes from a distant farmer’s tractor, and a perpetual chain of cars and trucks speed along Jersey’s highways.

But on Kittatinny Mountain, civilization is condensed to a web of hiking trails, some following cold headwater streams. In these streams lives a multihued fish, the brook trout, designated in 1992 as our state fish. Sadly, in the wake of development in all corners of the state, the brook trout’s habitat is disappearing fast …

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