This interview with Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood is part of OutdoorHub’s Leaders of Conservation series, in which we sit down with leaders of the North American conservation movement to learn more about the stories behind their organizations and people.
On a warm July night in 1959, 16 men gathered at the home of George Griffith on the shores of Michigan’s Au Sable River. Griffith, a hosiery salesman and avid conservationist, had invited over 60 for the inaugural event. Despite the low turnout, it was there that an organization called Trout Unlimited (TU) was born. More than half a century later, Trout Unlimited now stands as one of the largest conservation organizations in the world, with more than 400 chapters across North America and a mailing list of over 150,000 registered members. Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood told me that the organization’s key goals have changed little since its founding.