TU and Forest Service team up for Michigan intern program

In 2020 Trout Unlimited, in partnership with the Huron-Manistee National Forest, ran a program that employed interns on three Wild and Scenic Rivers.  The interns represented both Trout Unlimited and the Forest Service, informing river users of the regulations, providing information on coldwater resources as well as Wild and Scenic designations and Leave No Trace principles.  Interns were stationed at river landings to check permits (where required) and educate … Read more

Plan to keep Asian carp from Great Lakes gets big boost

By Taylor Ridderbusch Today, both state governments and federal agencies announced two major milestones in the Brandon Road Lock and Dam project to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. First, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state of Illinois have reached a design agreement on the project, officially designating Illinois as … Read more

Trout Unlimited receives EPA grant to expand STREAM Girls

By Jamie Vaughan Trout Unlimited staff in Michigan are excited to announce the expansion of the STREAM Girls program throughout the state thanks to a recently awarded grant through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Education Program.  The goal of expanding Trout Unlimited’s STREAM Girls Program is to educate more than 275 girls, 35 partners and volunteers, and 1,000 community members … Read more

TU restores important ‘pocket’ wetlands in Michigan

Trout Unlimited recently wrapped up a multi-year project to create and restore critical wetlands in the Rogue River watershed in southern Michigan.  This fall, two more “pocket” wetlands were restored, making a total of four wetland restoration projects over the past three years. Pocket wetlands are small areas that boast large benefits for water quality in this case because of their priority location adjacent to coldwater trout streams.   … Read more

Meet West Michigan’s newest STREAM Girls

There’s a new class of STREAM Girls to welcome in West Michigan to thanks to Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore, Trout Unlimited, and some amazing dedicated volunteers.   This month 30 Brownies, juniors, and cadettes attended STREAM Girls camp at the Girl Scouts’ Betsy Cutler House located on Bear Creek in Muskegon, Mich.   The girls started their day putting on waders and exploring Bear Creek. They self-led a stream walk and answered … Read more

Creek serves as a fun classroom for kids in Michigan

By Jamie Vaughan Parkside Elementary teacher Tara Dzirbowicz is taking learning from the classroom to the creek this fall as many educators look to the outdoors amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. With the help of local Trout Unlimited staff, fifth-grade students from the Rockford, Mich., school recently traded in their sneakers for waders and explored Rum … Read more

TU RIVERS app inspires kids to clean up their local creek

By Jamie Vaughan In Michigan, Trout Unlimited’s RIVERS App prompted a group of kids to join together to clean up their local creek.   In August, Trout Unlimited staff had the opportunity to present the RIVERS App to educators in Michigan as part of the Groundswell Summer Institute, which introduces teachers to new resources and tools for place-based education.  After learning about this new tool, Michigan educator Andrea Dudley went … Read more

TU Green Team works to restore Rogue watershed in Mich.

By Jamie Vaughan  While the COVID-19 pandemic has halted many programs this summer, Trout Unlimited staff in Michigan are pleased to continue the Green Team program for its sixth year, employing high school students from across the Rogue River watershed to learn about and take part in watershed restoration projects.   The Trout Unlimited Green Team was established in 2015 and grew out of … Read more