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 Bellevue-Issaquah  Chapter 109
 
Officers for 2014
 
Name Phone Email
President Robert Metzger  (425) 765-1035 Email Robert
Vice President Shawn Broadhead (206) 898-3403

Secretary Bill Gerdts (425) 228-4866 Email Bill
Treasurer Kevin  Ostendorf   Email Kevin
Conservation/Education Mark Taylor (206) 200-2840 Email Mark
Fun Run Gary Smith & Mark Taylor
Kokanee Work Group Mark Taylor

Development/Fundraising Mark Taylor

Email Mark
Communications Bill Gerdts & Gary Smith
Salmon Days Chair
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Fry Counting & Planting Mark Getzendaner & Robert Metzger
Fishing Outings John Silvey & Rick Farmer
Membership Mark Taylor & John Silvey

Casting Clinic Robert Metzger (206) 713-3465
At Large Board Members John Silvey, Gary Smith , Mark Taylor




Board Meeting Minutes for 2014

(click on a month to read the minutes)

January February March April
May June July August
September October November December


Awards for 2014

Awards are as follows:

Conservation Award - Our chapter gave this award to Wally Peyera for his generous contribution that allowed replacement of a large culvert on his property on Ebright Creek.  As a result of replacement of the culvert, kokanee are now have access to additional spawning areas above his property on Ebright Creek.


Fisherman of the Year - This award was given to Fred Timms. Fred is an avid fly fisherman who, besides catching lots of fish, is willing to share his knowledge with other fellow fishermen. Congratulatins Fred!

Certificate of Recognition for Support of Kokanee Recovery - This special award was given to Matt Mattson, Snoqualmie Tribal Administrator. The Snoqualmie Tribe was the lead sponsor for our Fun Run held in October at Lake Sammamish State Park, participates in the annual kokanee fry release and continues to be a major supported of kokanee recovery in the Lake Sammamish watershed.




Trout Unlimited’s Vision, Mission, Values & Goals

OUR VISION

By the next generation, Trout Unlimited will ensure that robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.

OUR MISSION

To conserve, protect, and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

OUR VALUES

HEALTHY WATERSHEDS & CLEAN WATER
We are committed to ensuring quantities of cold, clean water sufficient to sustain healthy fish populations and to watershed restoration and wise fisheries management.

WILD & NATIVE TROUT & SALMON

Healthy populations of native and wild fish are the best indicators of watershed health, and we are committed to the protection and restoration of these fish where ecologically sustainable.

STEWARDSHIP & ADVOCACY

As stewards for future generations, we employ sound science and work cooperatively with a broad spectrum of interests in defending and advocating for our natural resource legacy.

COMMITMENT TO MEMBERS

We owe our uniqueness to a passionately committed, diverse, volunteer network of
members who pursue our mission in their local councils and chapters. We will sustain this member network through representative governance and a continuous
commitment to grassroots support, learning, and development.

QUALITY PEOPLE

In the pursuit of our cause, our most important resource is our people – both staff and volunteers – who sustain and support each other’s work.

OUR GOALS

Strengthen TU’s leadership in coldwater conservation nationally, regionally & locally.
Better integrate and enhance the development of the TU team.
Increase public awareness of TU and its mission.
Increase and motivate an effective membership.
Diversify and grow sources of revenue.
Achieve financial stability and security.


Chum fishing on the Skagit.

History
July 2009 will mark the 50th anniversary of TU’s founding, on the banks of the Au Sable River near Grayling, Michigan. The 16 fishermen who gathered at the home of George Griffith were united by their love of trout fishing, and by their growing disgust with the state’s practice of stocking its waters with “cookie cutter trout”—catchable-sized hatchery fish. Convinced that Michigan’s trout streams could turn out a far superior fish if left to their own devices, the anglers formed a new organization: Trout, Unlimited (the comma was dropped a few years later).

From the beginning, TU was guided by the principle that if we “take care of the fish, then the fishing will take care of itself.” And that principle was grounded in science. “One of our most important objectives is to develop programs and recommendations based on the very best information and thinking available,” said TU’s first president, Dr. Casey E. Westell Jr. “In all matters of trout management, we want to know that we are substantially correct, both morally and biologically.”

In 1962-63, TU prepared its first policy statement on wild trout, and persuaded the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to discard “put-and-take” trout stocking and start managing for wild trout and healthy habitat. On the heels of that success, anglers quickly founded TU chapters in Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, and Pennsylvania.

TU won its first national campaign in 1965: Stopping the construction of the Reichle dam on Montana’s Big Hole River. Five years later, TU helped secure a ban on high-seas fishing for Atlantic salmon. And in 1971, TU took legal action to protect the last free-flowing stretch of the Little Tennessee River. Perhaps one of the most significant early applications of the Endangered Species Act, the action stopped the Tellico dam, but only temporarily: An eleventh-hour congressional appropriations rider later doomed TU’s victory.

TU’s recent accomplishments include:

     Securing permanent protection of 140,000 acres in California's Sierra Nevada in the Pacific Gas & Electric bankruptcy settlement.

     Negotiating a water deal that permanently sets aside 10,000 acre-feet of water in Montana's Bitterroot River.

     Employing cutting-edge technology like thermal infrared imagery to direct abandoned mine remediation work in Pennsylvania's Kettle Creek watershed.

     Advocating successfully for trout-friendly operation of five dams on the Housatonic River.

     Uniting TU members in five states in a broad-based, multi-partner effort to restore brook trout in the Southern Appalachian mountains.

     Leading a landmark effort to restore fishable Atlantic salmon runs on Maine's Penobscot River.

     Coordinating the Trout in the Classroom program, which teaches children in more than 100 schools about the importance of healthy aquatic ecosystems.

     Mobilizing hunters and anglers to ensure responsible use and lasting protection of the nation's public lands.

     Launching a watershed-scale conservation effort in the 24,000-square-mile Driftless region of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.

Driven by a powerful and dedicated grassroots network, TU is meeting the challenges of coldwater conservation and protecting our rivers and fisheries for generations to come.

About Us
This is the Bellevue/Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
 
For a list of 2014 officers and to read meeting minutes, 
go here ...

At the end of the year, we present awards to chapter members and others.  To see award recipients,  go here

Chapter membership total - 634

To see a calendar of 2014's activities  go here ...
News
Read Andy Batcho's article about  "mystery" chemicals killing coho salmon click here...

Check out the latest issue of Wild Salmon and Steelhead News click here...

Here's a USFWS video about the Kokanee fry release.   click here...

Here's a USFWS video about the Kokanee supplmentation project.  click here...

A hydro power project is being proposed for the North Fork of the Snoqualmie River.  For more information,  click here...

NOAA fisheries proposes critical habitat for Puget Sound Steelhead.  To view,  click here...

Read Dallas Cross' last fishing article as he moves to Boise, Id.  To read,  click here...

Washington Recreation & Conservation Office releases State of the Salmon in Watersheds Report  . To view,  click here...

USFWS Pacific Region has a great story and pictures about Kokanee recovery. To view,  click here...

KOMO TV recently had a story about kokanee recovery on Ebright Creek.  To view,  click here...

Read Dallas Cross' article describing the long term fix needed for Kokanee in Lake Sammamish  Read here...

Here's some pictures of the culvert replacement project on Ebright Creek Click here...

Read Dallas Cross' article explaining where the Kokanee have gone Read here...

Read Dallas Cross' article on sturgeon fishing opportunities Read here...

Read Dallas Cross' article on fly fishing for Kamloops Trout Read here...

Read Dallas Cross' article on how fly tying is healing veterans. Read here...

Read Dallas Cross' article on waste water treatment issues. Read here...

USFWS denies endangered species listing for Lake Sammamish Kokanee Read here...

Read Dallas Cross' article on fishing for Cutthroat trout in saltwater Read here...

Here's an op-ed in the Oregonian relating to protection of endangered salmon stocks from California to British Columbia.  Pretty interesting! To read click here...

Read Dallas Cross' latest article about fishing access rights and Washington stream access laws Read here...

Kokanee Project
Find out what we're doing to help restore the Kokanee population in Lake Sammamish here.

Read a copy of the latest plan for supplementation of late-run kokanee in Lake Sammamish Click here...

Here's Hans Berge's Kokanee presentation from the general meeting on Feb 10, 2010 Click here...

Read a Seattle Times article about Mark Taylor's work on the Kokanee project Click here...

King County Council urges protection of Lake Sammamish Kokanee Click here...

An article in the Sound News discusses the plight of Kokanee in Lake Sammamish Click here...


Bear Creek Project
Read about a new project whose goal is to enhance lower Bear Creek in Redmond Click here

Trout Unlimited is working with Water Tenders to measure the effect of pollutants from SR520 on Bear Creek water quality Read more here
Fishing Report
Where are the fishing hotspots? More importantly, where are the fish?! We're not telling! No, really, go here.
Conservation Organizations

Save Lake Sammamish

Mountains to Sea Greenway

Green Shorelines for Lake Washington and Sammamish

Sno-King Watershed Council

TU Youth
Read about Marvista  School's "Salmon in the Classroom" project...

Kids, do you have the Boy Scout fly-fishing merit badge
 More about fly-fishing merit badge
Here is Colin Wick's Eagle Scout Project Workbook describing his work on the Kokanee Project.


Cast for Kids Events - September 8, Renton Coulon Park.  For more information,   click
here.
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