Newsletter highlights successes in Great Lakes region

Trout Unlimited continues to increase its efforts in the Great Lakes region. The past year saw a wide range of success across the “Protect, Reconnect, Restore and Sustain” components of our mission. Projects included habitat restoration of more than 17 miles of high-priority coldwater streams and improving/replacing several barriers to fish passage to open additional … Read more

With bi-partisan support, GLRI Act flies through House

On Feb. 5 the United States House of Representatives passed HR 4031, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Act.  This bill seeks to increase the GLRI funding back to its original levels of $475 million.   The bill had support from 50 bi-partisan co-sponsors and passed 373-45.  Additionally, 15 Representatives spoke in support of the bill. They … Read more

The Wisconsin way

Something breeds great conservationists in Wisconsin. John Muir, famous for the Sierra’s, was born in Scotland and moved to Wisconsin as a young boy. He took his first course in botany at the University of Wisconsin. Aldo Leopold, author of the seminal, “A Sand County Almanac,” lived in Wisconsin and raised five prominent conservationists in … Read more

Volunteers in Wisconsin collaborate on stream monitoring effort

By Jake Lemon  The Central Sands region of Wisconsin encompasses 1.75 million acres and parts of eight counties in Central Wisconsin, boasting 800 miles of trout streams.     With the headwaters of these streams facing a variety of stressors, Trout Unlimited chapters in the region are joining forces in a new initiative to strengthen TU’s efforts … Read more

Grassroots partnerships key trout wins in Wisconsin

By Chris Collier I think it’s fair to say that every person who gets involved with Trout Unlimited quickly learns that the organization has become what it is today because of its commitment to being a grassroots organization. This local-level focus leads to strong partnerships and a connection to projects important to communities and native … Read more

Restoration tour attracts big crowd in Driftless Area

For a decade, hosting a bus tour of project sites has been is a popular annual tradition for the folks running Trout Unlimited’s Driftless Area Restoration Effort.  This year’s tour in Wisconsin in October drew nearly 75 people for a busy day of walking stream habitat projects in the Hudson-Menomonie areas of the Northern Driftless Area.  The group … Read more

Road-stream crossing training draws a crowd in Wisconsin

By Chris Collier Following up on our road-stream crossing (RSX) tour last May, Trout Unlimited and our partners recently organized and hosted a two-day RSX Technical Workshop in Crandon, Wisc. The workshop was organized to teach tribes, town and county governments, road managers, and conservation professionals why existing RSX practices are harming fish populations by … Read more

Wisconsin TU hosts Partners Paddle with Sen. Tammy Baldwin and others on Bois Brule River

By Mike Kuhr It’s known as the President’s River, but on a recent sunny day in August, the Bois Brule River in Northern Wisconsin welcomed U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), several of her staff, and a number of conservationists for a paddle down its famed trout waters. Sen. Baldwin was just finishing up a weeklong … Read more

Culverts, flooding and native trout in Wisconsin

By Chris Collier Culverts aren’t exactly known to be a reason that people get on a river, but that’s exactly what happened on a warm May afternoon in northern Wisconsin. On a beautiful Northwoods spring day, more than 50 local government, tribal, state, federal and non-profit representatives gathered in Laona, Wisc., to learn about road … Read more

Better fishing in the Driftless Area

“We make fishing better” is one of our mottos here at Trout Unlimited. Our efforts do more than simply make fishing better, of course. But everything we do, at some level, translates to better fishing. That sits pretty well with our 300,000 members and supporters because most of them are, in fact, anglers and appreciate … Read more