Sweet Briar librarian Joe Malloy has received the Mike Barbour Memorial Award given to the “conservation educator of the year” by the Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited. The announcement was made at the council’s annual awards meeting in September.
Steve Romine, president of the Skyline Chapter of the VCTU, says Malloy was recognized for his fly-casting clinics over the past 12 years and his role, “par excellence,” as a Trout in the Classroom program coordinator at local schools.
The Skyline Chapter also won the Council Award for Excellence given to the chapter of the year.
Malloy organizes annual fly-casting clinics on campus for Sweet Briar, Virginia Military Institute and Hampden-Sydney College students, in addition to offering sessions for Sweet Briar faculty, staff and alumnae.
Malloy had been a VCTU member since the 1980s, belonging to either the Skyline Chapter or Thomas Jefferson Trout Unlimited. In addition to his current activities, he has supported TJTU’s annual Adaptive Anglers on the Fly program for disabled participants and its Spring Fly Fling for breast cancer survivors.
For the past four years, he has served as the Trout in the Classroom liaison at Pleasant View Elementary and for Amherst County High School’s environmental science classes, and this fall, added Monelison Middle School. As the TIC coordinator, he delivers brook trout eggs from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries hatchery, helps the students set up breeding tanks and organizes a field day in the spring to release the fish they raise in the classroom.
He also occasionally recruits Sweet Briar students to support the Skyline Chapter’s conservation work. Last April, Environmental Club members joined him and several Skyline volunteers to clean up litter along Piney River, a trout stream in a nearby section of the George Washington National Forest. A photo and story was featured in the Virginia Council’s fall 2013 newsletter.
The Skyline Chapter has partnered with Sweet Briar, VMI and Washington and Lee University on other projects, as well.