The “up there” of Wichterman’s narrative were trout streams, approximately 100 “patches” of which lay within the region generally referred to as the Potomac Headwaters. A patch—or a stretch of stream where genetically interconnected populations of brook trout live—can be as short as ¼ mile or measure 10 miles. As the Potomac Headwaters program manager for Trout Unlimited, Wichterman, along with a staff of 13 and a long list of partners, has been working side-by-side with area landowners to restore degraded brook trout habitat. The Home River Initiative is an attempt to reconnect isolated headwater populations of native fish with main-stem rivers in an effort to increase the size and health of the native fish populations. That’s the soulless, biological explanation. Wichterman’s true motivation is more deeply felt.