I hope you all are enjoying the summer and spending time on the water with family and friends. For those of you who can, I hope you will attend the annual meeting August 18 - 24 in Traverse City, Michigan. Rooms are available and it's easy to register at www.tu50.org.
When you are on the site, don't forget to buy one of the remaining raffle tickets for the Clackacraft drift boat. Only 125 will be sold, and they are going fast. Also, for council chairs and chapter presidents, check out the sweet Superfine Orvis limited edition 50th anniversary rod. It's a great way to raise money for local conservation and youth education projects, and Orvis has given us a great fundraising discount. While on the site, also check out TU's foray into social networking on the 50th Anniversary Facebook Cause Contest, and stay tuned for the launch of a cool online auction which will include an original James Prosek painting, whose image is the official 50th Anniversary artwork being used for 50th posters, t-shirts and other special items.
Although fun, the raffles, contests and websites are trappings. The real event is the celebration of 50 years of teaching kids to fish, working with partners to repair worn-out landscapes, and helping to reconnect people to the lands and waters that sustain them. TU started in Michigan and as demonstrated by the work of its 7,000 members and 21 chapters, is still strong. So, if you can, please come home to celebrate TU's 50th, and thanks for all you do for conservation. Stay in touch.
Chris Wood, Trout Unlimited, Chief Operating Officer
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Conservation Highlight—Protect, Reconnect, Restore, Sustain
Annual Meeting Highlights TU's Conservation Work in Michigan
Conservation Tour: Wednesday, August 19
Dair Creek: A tributary of the Betsie River, Dair Creek provides spawning habitat for brook and brown trout. TU's work on Dair Creek began with an Embrace-A-Stream grant which was later leveraged to create more than $360,000 in habitat improvements. The stream has been re-established to its original stream channel, resulting in decreased erosion and an increase in fish passage.
Au Sable River: A river synonymous with TU's founding, this stretch of the Au Sable in Grayling will highlight TU's work in removing a mill pond dam and will showcase an innovative stormwater project designed to eliminate the direct discharge of stormwater runoff into the river. »more conservation tour details
TU's 50th Anniversary Facebook Contest
Become a fan of TU on Facebook at and join our cause "Trout Unlimited – 50th Anniversary" and help recruit, donate and fundraise. TU will award prizes for your participation. »learn more about the contest