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Dennis James LaBare was born in Baltimore, Maryland July 30, 1953, and raised a fly angler. His interest in trout streams was nurtured early by his father and during boyhood summers in Grand Lake Stream, Maine, spent largely at Bailey's (now Shoreline) Camps. Educated as an applied stream ecologist at the University of Maine and Towson State University where he earned an M.S., he became an active contributor to Trout Unlimited in 1975. He is a TU Life Member and Living Brightwater Trustee and in 1993, received National TU's highest honor for a volunteer, the "Trout Unlimited Conservation Award, Non-Professional". Now retired, he divides his time between his summer home on Big Lake and the mountains of West Virginia, where with his wife Stacy, hunts grouse and woodcock during the winter months with their English Setters. Prior to retirement, LaBare operated an environmental consulting firm of his founding that provided services in wetland science, urban forestry, site planning, regulatory support, and stream bio-assessment. He was also Adjunct Faculty, The Johns Hopkins University, where he taught a graduate course in stream ecology.
In his volunteer career, LaBare served as board member and officer of his TU chapter, ran watershed monitoring programs, chapter fund-raising banquets, and served as Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Council of Trout Unlimited. But his most successful volunteer endeavors have been with the founding and advancement of Falling Spring Greenway, Inc. in Chambersburg, PA where, as he has since its founding, served as Corporate Treasurer and Director of Development. In addition to fishery-related voluntaryism LaBare works for the betterment of grouse and woodcock habitat with the Ruffed Grouse Society, is the founding V.P., Friends of Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, and is a Registered Maine Hunting Guide. Only a moderately traveled angler, LaBare has fished many of the great western rivers, but during his time in the mid-Atlantic, called the daunting limestone springs of Pennsylvania's Cumberland Valley his home waters, beginning in the late 1960's. Not until the age of forty-eight, was he able to return to the river of his heart, Maine's Grand Lake Stream. His periodical publication credits include, The Pointing Dog Journal, The Retriever Journal, Pennsylvania Angler and Boater, Northwoods Sporting Journal, and Virtual Fly Shop.com. His book credits include a chapter in, and Special Project Director for, A Passion for Grouse, and a chapter in The Guide to Trout Fishing in Maryland and South Central Pennsylvania. His photography has appeared in Virginia Sportsman.