& Gary Smith
||Mark Getzendaner, Brad
Getzendaner, Robert Metzger, Wally Johnson
Silvey, Shawn Broadhead
Gary Smith , Mark Taylor, Derek Young, Wally Johnson, Robert Metzger
Meeting Minutes for 2014
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Awards for 2014
are as follows:
Award - We gave this award to Brad
Thompson, Fisheries Division Manager for the Washington Fish and
Wildlife Office and Project Leader for the Western Washington Fisheries
Resource Office. Brad has represented USFWS on the Kokanee Work
Group and has been involved with the Kokanee restoration project
for a number of years. Thank you Brad!
Fisherman of the Year - This
was given to Sam Schermer. Sam is an avid fly fisherman and
expert fly tyer. Sam is also a leader of our TU Youth
group. Congratulatins Sam!
Chapter Member Conservation Award- This
award was given to Bill Gerdts from our
chapter. Bill was recognized for his work on getting the
Monofilament Line Project going and for getting the Kokanee information
signs installed at the Issaquah Fish Hatchery and Lake Sammamish State
President's Award- This award is given by the chapter president to a
chapter member who has been instrumental in helping to chapter to
achieve its goals throughout the year. This year the award was
given to Mark Taylor, who is the driving force behind many of our
activities, especially fund raising via the Annual Fun Run and the Fly
Fishing Film Tour stop. Thank you Mark!
Special Award- This
award was given to Robert Metzger, who is the outgoing president of the
chapter. For the past two years,
Robert has worked tirelessly to make sure that our various activities
and projects are well organized and completed on time. He has conducted
our chapter meetings and organized the board meetings, so that we are
able to keep planning chapter activities. Thank you Robert!
Vision, Mission, Values &
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.
To conserve, protect, and
restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
HEALTHY WATERSHEDS &
We are committed to ensuring quantities of cold, clean water sufficient
to sustain healthy fish populations and to watershed restoration and
& NATIVE TROUT & SALMON
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
stewards for future
generations, we employ sound science and work cooperatively with a
broad spectrum of interests in defending and advocating for our natural
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
commitment to grassroots support, learning, and development.
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.
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.
fishing on the Skagit.
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
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
permanent protection of 140,000 acres in California's Sierra Nevada in
the Pacific Gas & Electric bankruptcy settlement.
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
º Negotiating a
water deal that permanently sets aside 10,000 acre-feet of water in
Montana's Bitterroot River.
cutting-edge technology like thermal infrared imagery to direct
abandoned mine remediation work in Pennsylvania's Kettle Creek
successfully for trout-friendly operation of five dams on the
º Uniting TU
members in five states in a broad-based, multi-partner effort to
restore brook trout in the Southern Appalachian mountains.
º Leading a
landmark effort to restore fishable Atlantic salmon runs on Maine's
º Coordinating the
Trout in the Classroom program, which teaches children in more than 100
schools about the importance of healthy aquatic ecosystems.
hunters and anglers to ensure responsible use and lasting protection of
the nation's public lands.
º Launching a
watershed-scale conservation effort in the 24,000-square-mile Driftless
region of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.