Throughout this year we'll be celebrating Trout Unlimited's (TU's) 50 years of conservation, kicking things off at the Grand Traverse Resort and Lodge in Traverse City, Michigan, the week of August 17.
Not far from Traverse City is the Au Sable River where a group of Michigan anglers founded TU in 1959. One year later, one of its founding members, Art Neumann, an extraordinary local rod-maker, spoke before the state legislature. Neumann said few people "believe that [Trout Unlimited members] are seriously interested in anything other than trout." Neumann explained that basic soil and water conservation benefit farmers and logging companies, and how fighting pollution protects drinking water supplies. He concluded, "Therefore," TU advocates "the principles of basic conservation in the firm conviction…it is essential not only to the perpetuation of trout fishing but to the preservation of our way of life as well."
One of the distinguishing features of TU at 50 is that we've never lost sight of Neumann's belief that at its root conservation is about people—people, not land, or water, or even trout. The founding members of TU recognized that only by educating, organizing, and mobilizing people to care about clean water and healthy landscapes could we ever hope to maintain abundant wild and native fish in our homewaters.
So, look at your calendar, talk with your spouse and friends, and plan on joining us in Traverse City to celebrate the wonderful legacy of Art Neumann and his visionary colleagues. Come and celebrate the outstanding work of 50 years, and be a part of helping us chart the course for the next 50. Log into www.tu50.org to register and set your accommodations.
And while you are on the website, buy one of only 125 raffle tickets for a sweet ClackaCraft drift boat valued at over $9,500. Go to the award section of the site and recommend an outstanding chapter or volunteer for an award. And, check the site regularly for updates on activites and raffles. It would be wonderful if every TU chapter could send at least one representative to the celebration in Traverse City. You are the people who have made TU a conservation powerhouse. Take a few days to celebrate your great work. I'm bringing my family, and hope to see you there.
Thanks for all you do for TU, and please stay in touch.
Chris Wood, Trout Unlimited, Chief Operating Officer
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UPCOMING TU EVENTS
TU National Stream Clean Up Day
National Awards Nominations Due
Deadline for Outdoor Life's Save-A-Stream Submission - Learn more
Online Conservation Project Training: Conservation Project Planning Overview 8 p.m. EDT - To register
Online Conservation Project Training: Streambank Stabilization and Riparian Restoration 8 p.m. EDT - To register
August 17 - 23
TU's 50th Anniversary Celebration - Traverse City, MI
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