Michigan Trout Unlimited is the coordination and representation for 20 local chapters of TU and over 8,000 individuals, devoted to the conservation, protection and restoration of Michigan's coldwater fish and their watersheds. Michigan is blessed with a vast wealth of wonderful and unique trout streams, over 11,000 inland lakes, and the largest sources of cold freshwater in North America - the Great Lakes. Michigan TU does whatever it takes to advocate for the prudent management of these resources, including on-the-ground stream improvements, angler & steward education, research, partnerships and collaboration with other conservation groups and governmental agencies, and policy development. Michigan is the birthplace of Trout Unlimited, and Michigan TU continues that proud heritage with its work today.
Trout Unlimited is a grassroots organization. That means that our success in conserving, protecting and enhancing coldwater fisheries and their watersheds depends upon the active participation of individuals like you. Our members are our organization. They construct stream improvements, conduct monitoring of aquatic resources, hold educational programs, set conservation advocacy agendas, do fundraising, and keep the organization running strong. If you care about our coldwater fisheries and their watersheds and want to give back to them, Trout Unlimited can give you that opportunity. We can use your help.
Trout Unlimited was founded on the banks of the Au Sable River in 1959 because of anglers’ overwhelming opposition to the Michigan DNR’s indiscriminate planting of hatchery trout in waters capable of sustaining wild, naturally reproducing trout. Over the next three years, TU’s founding fathers, together with a host of nationally recognized fisheries scientists, ultimately convinced Governor George Romney and DNR leaders to adopt wild trout management policies which focused on maintaining water quality, while protecting and restoring instream habitat.
It was this large-scale shift in fisheries management philosophy in Michigan that set the stage for TU to become the enduring national coldwater conservation organization it is today. Soon, TU chapters were springing up throughout the country. To this day, sound scientific management of our coldwater resources remains the backbone of the organization.
As with any fledgling organization, the secret to success ultimately lies with its leaders. From the onset, Trout Unlimited was fortunate to have a host of talented volunteer leaders, including financiers, members of the press, scientists, lawyers and people from all walks of life. Even so, the early days of Trout Unlimited had its share of trials and tribulations.
In reviewing the organization’s early records, it becomes very clear that, when momentum slowed and times seemed uncertain, it was Art Neumann’s singular vision and evangelical zeal that provided the spark necessary to galvanize the membership and overcome obstacles as they popped up. During Art’s two-plus years as TU’s executive director, he propelled the organization to national prominence by doubling the size of the organization through the addition of 30 new chapters.
To recognize the compelling and substantial contributions Art made to Trout Unlimited throughout his life, Michigan Trout Unlimited is pleased to spearhead the construction of the Arthur C. Neumann Trout Unlimited Memorial at the Lovells Museum of Trout Fishing History on the North Branch of the Au Sable River.
WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US in this effort by making a tax-deductible contribution to make this memorial a reality. Rest assured 100% of your contribution will go to meeting the cost of construction.
As Michigan Trout Unlimited members and supporters, we want to update you on an issue in the news that concerns a recent water withdrawal request by Nestle’ at their White Pine Springs well No. 101 in Osceola Township, north of Evart.
Their request asks the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for permission to increase allowed pumping from 150 to 400 gallons-per-minute. On face value this request has alarmed many in the conservation community. Digging deeper into this request, Dr. Bryan Burroughs, Executive Director of Michigan TU, has provided the following summary of this request.
You can opt out of receiving "Michigan Trout" as a hard copy. Instead, you'll get an e-mail notification of the newsletter's posting on our website, with a direct link to the newsletter, the day of its posting. You won't have to wait anxiously by your mailbox anymore. The online version will be in color, and you can forward the notification to non-members, too. The rationale for this move? Green. Both environmental and financial. Every paper subscription costs Michigan TU about $4 per member annually in printing and mailing costs. We have about 7400 TU members in the state. Just think about the money we could save, and devote to cold-water conservation. We need your help! If you are so inclined, please follow the link below and Opt-Out of receiving a paper copy of "Michigan Trout."
The Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited is hosting the Michigan Youth Trout Camp June 25 - June 29, 2017 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center on Higgins Lake, in the heart of Northern Michigan trout country. The four-day Camp is designed to educate our 12-16 year old boys and girls, who will become our next generation of conservation leaders, about the importance of protecting our coldwater resources.
For More information visit the Kalamazoo Valley Chapter website @ www.kvctu.org
The Michigan Trout Unlimited Fly Fishing School is indeed one of the country's finest. The school runs from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, June 9, 10 & 11, 2017. Beginners are instructed in the basics of fly casting and fly fishing and are introduced to a wide variety of angling interests. Experienced fly fishers will impr6ve their skills, technique and knowledge of the sport. Even experts are sure to learn something new.
For more information visit the Michigan Trout Unlimited Fly Fishing School website @ www.tuffs.org.