Cole Baldino

Regional Network: 
Delaware River Watershed Network
Class Year: 
2018
Position: 
Upper Delaware River Manager
Organization: 
Trout Unlimited
Location: 
East Stroudsburg, PA

Cole is the Upper Delaware River Manager for Trout Unlimited’s Home Rivers Initiative. He grew up an avid trout fisherman and river rafter, destined to help conserve and protect coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Before joining TU, he graduated from SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry (ESF) with a major in Watershed Science focused in Coldwater Fisheries Biology. He began work restoring habitat and connectivity for trout in the upper Housatonic river through road-stream crossing assessment and replacement. Today, he works throughout New Jersey’s upper Delaware Basin implementing watershed restoration techniques to improve native & wild trout habitat and populations. He is part of the New Jersey Highlands Cluster and works with all New Jersey TU Chapters.

I’m sure it’s hard to believe, but he fishes for trout a lot. He’s usually floating a river in a drift boat or raft, but some more hobbies are rock climbing, mountaineering, backpacking and birding. He has a garden and a bunch of plants, and plans to get chickens this spring. Craft beer is good too.