This a well written article. Kudos.
I do have a question. First, I do want to be clear - I support the protection of eastern brook trout in PA. I also acknowledge brown trout are listed as invasive by the scientific authorities.
You wrote, “Conservation” aims to maintain biodiversity because ecosystems that have more different species are less susceptible to instability. Invasive species decrease biodiversity and destabilize ecosystems.”
My question, besides harming eastern brook trout populations, how else do brown trout negatively impact the cold water ecosystem? They both eat the same(?) and produce the same waste (?).
One could argue brown trout replacing eastern brook trout would not increase biodiversity (biodiversity would be the same - one species in the trout family). Therefore, the issue of eastern brook trout is not a conservationist issue (per your definition).
Again, the question is, besides harming eastern brook trout, how do brown trout negatively effect the ecosystem?