TU's Brian Hines (L) accepts the 2014 Director's Achievement Award from Eric Larson, Region 3 Program Manager for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
On Saturday, May 17, 2014, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife awarded TU's Redwood Empire chapter the 2014 Director's Achievement Award for the chapter's 25 years of organizing and building out the Classroom Aquarium Education Program (also known as Trout in the Classroom (TIC) and Salmon in the Classroom).
Brian Hines, NLC rep for TU California and longtime leader of the Redwood Empire chapter, accepted the award on behalf of the chapter. Hines played a lead role in starting this program, which has grown dramatically since its inception and now is well established across the nation.
Hines lauded the contributions of other TIC pioneers from the Redwood Empire chapter, including Rich McGowan, Diane Higgins and Pat Higgins, who helped launch the program in 1989.
This award is a good reminder that while much of the outstanding work of TU's volunteer-members flies under the radar, this work is always greatly appreciated by our conservation partners -- and by anglers who enjoy the improved fishing opportunities which are the byproduct of this dedication. Congratulations, Redwood Empire chapter!