Michigan Trout Unlimited is the grassroots organization of 19 local Michigan chapters of TU - over 7,500 individuals - devoted to the conservation, protection and restoration of Michigan's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
Our state 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. Michigan is, in fact, the birthplace of Trout Unlimited, and Michigan TU continues that proud heritage with its work today.
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. They help Michigan TU as a whole to conduct research, create collaborations with other conservation groups and governmental agencies, and develop policy.
Our success in conserving, protecting and enhancing coldwater fisheries and their watersheds depends upon the active participation of individuals like you. If you care about our coldwater fisheries and their watersheds and want to give back, Trout Unlimited can give you that opportunity. We are the strongest line of defense between environmental threats and your local stream. Help us make a difference.
Michigan Trout Unlimited
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Grant support will expand watershed restoration efforts statewide in 2015
LANSING, MI. (January 12, 2015) - Michigan Trout Unlimited (Michigan TU) announced it has been awarded a grant by corporate partner DTE Energy Foundation to help fund watershed restoration efforts statewide as part of the organization’s River Stewards Program.
“We are stewards of our environment at the DTE Energy Foundation, which is why we support Michigan TU’s efforts to help restore our state’s cold water resources,” said Faye Alexander Nelson, vice president of Public Affairs for DTE Energy and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “We also want to do our part to encourage Michigan TU’s grass roots approach to environmental stewardship across our state.”
Launched in 2009, the River Stewards volunteer data collection program was founded on a vision of how Michigan TU volunteers could improve coldwater conservation. River Stewards seeks to identify factors that are limiting a coldwater fishery in order to prioritize stream improvement projects. Michigan has 36,000 miles of rivers, and only a small fraction have comprehensive, scientific data about the health of their habitat.
Michigan TU uses the River Stewards program framework to help focus coldwater restoration efforts across Michigan. Fish habitat surveys have been completed in 10 key trout fisheries. Throughout the state, MICHIGAN TU is also actively involved in numerous stream fish habitat restoration efforts, including a spectrum of activities such as urban planning, maintaining water quality, and the addition of in-stream fish habitat.
River Stewards is creating methods and collecting the real-world data allowing the people of Michigan to make the most of its unique coldwater resources. By creating quantifiable knowledge about Michigan’s water resources, the program empowers policymakers, water users, and citizens/communities to make informed decisions about how water is to be used for economic gain, without running the risk of doing irreparable harm. In addition, the protection and improvement of coldwater resources through the River Stewards program ensures that recreational, business, and societal river users can continue to do so without having negative impacts.
“We welcome DTE Energy Foundation as a coldwater conservation partner and thank them for the generous gift to support our efforts,” said Bryan Burroughs, executive director, Michigan TU. “On a broad level, Michigan TU's purpose with River Stewards is to conserve and protect Michigan's coldwater resources. With the mechanisms River Stewards has put together, water use no longer needs to be a guessing game that pits the different water users against one another.”
About Michigan Trout Unlimited
The mission of Michigan Trout Unlimited (Michigan TU) is to conserve, protect and restore Michigan’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Michigan TU is the statewide council for all Trout Unlimited (TU) work in Michigan and includes a network of 19 chapters with more than 7,000 members. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, TU is the nation’s oldest and largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization with 150,000 members. Visit www.michigantu.org for more information. Follow Michigan TU on Facebook and Twitter, and visit us online at michigantu.org.
The Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited is hosting the Michigan Youth Trout Camp July 5-July 9, 2015 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 12, 13 & 14, 2015. 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 improve 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.