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Brook Trout Atlas ProjectProtecting native and wild trout and the cold, clean water they rely upon for survival, is never an easy task.

A myriad of social, economic, climatic and other changing conditions make our work challenging. But they also make it more important than ever.

When it comes to brook trout in their historic eastern range, TU has developed a new tool to help apply the best available science to our brook trout conservation efforts. The Brook Trout Atlas project, led by our Science and Eastern Conservation teams, is an effort to map the diversity of factors impacting brook trout habitat and resiliency, and through this process identify the areas within each watershed where protection, reconnection and restoration projects are most needed and will be most likely to succeed.

These interactive mapping tools, drawing from data of the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture, federal and state agencies and academic institutions, combines multiple data sources for brook trout streams stretching from Georgia to Maine and puts it all in one, easy to view place.

The maps provide information on a range of data needed to help guide conservation efforts, including stream temperatures that support brook trout, public lands that protect water quality, stream crossings that may pose barriers to fish passage, energy development impacts on streams and the streams which will be impacted if the Clean Water Rule is rescinded.

Combining all of this information leads to the overall Brook Trout Conservation Portfolio, a map that drills down to the smallest segments of each watershed and identifies conservation strategies for protecting native trout in that area.

For TU chapters and councils, staff, and the many partners working with us to protect and restore brook trout, these mapping tools are a great new advance that—combined with our on-the-ground knowledge of our rivers and streams—will allow all of us to focus our efforts where they will make the biggest impact. Take some time to explore these great new tools, zoom in on waters in your chapter's geography — or the streams you love to fish — and see how the Brook Trout Conservation Portfolio can help inform strategies to ensure brook trout thrive in the decades to come.

For those of you outside of the native range of brook trout, the analysis and recommendations in this new tool are also valuable in providing strategies for assessing and improving your home waters. Contact your Volunteer Operations Staff for ideas and resources on your home waters.

Jeff Yates
Director of Volunteer Operations

STAND UP WITH TU

Tell the EPA to Maintain the Clean Water Rule and Protect Bristol Bay

TU Teen SummitNearly a decade of TU's hard work is at risk as the EPA is in the process of reviewing and considering rolling back critical protections to some of our nation's best trout and salmon streams.

The Clean Water rule, which we all worked together to enact in 2015, did a good job of clarifying and restoring Clean Water Act protections for headwater streams and wetlands. The 2014 restrictions on Pebble Mine that the EPA proposed but never enacted would have provided critical support to our efforts to secure a strong future for a remarkable watershed that is important not only as a powerhouse for wild salmon, but also the engine for local and international economies.

This summer, President Trump directed his EPA to rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule and revert back to a far less protective standard and this spring, the EPA struck a deal with the Canadian company behind the mine to reverse the mining restrictions that over a million Americans supported.

Both of the above efforts by the EPA have very limited windows for public comment – with the Clean Water Rule public comment period ending on Sept. 27 and the Bristol Bay comment period closing on Oct. 17.

We're asking all of our chapters and councils – and your members – to help us fill the EPA's inbox with support for the Clean Water Rule and Bristol Bay. Please take the following actions as volunteer leaders with TU.

Clean Water Rule

Providing less protection for America's headwater streams and wetlands, and allowing them to be more vulnerable to pipelines, gas development, and other forms of development, makes no sense. Let the EPA know that our headwater streams, the spawning and rearing waters for trout, salmon and other wild and native fish, contribute greatly to the $50 billion recreational fishing industry in the United States and send clean water downstream, where it's used to water our crops, cool our industrial generators and provide clean, fresh drinking water for our cities and towns.

Please take action today by:

  1. Having your chapter or council sign on to TU's letter to the EPA on the Clean Water Rule
    • Simply have your chapter president email Jeff Yates at jyates@tu.org and tell him to add your chapter or council to the sign-on letter
  2. Sharing our Clean Water Rule action alert with your chapter members in your e-newsletters, on your Facebook page and in other ways and encourage them to send a personal letter to the EPA telling them to leave protections in place for our headwater streams
  3. Personally send a letter to the EPA using our Clean Water Rule online form – if every volunteer leader sends in a letter we will be flooding the EPA with nearly 4,000 comments!

Bristol Bay

Trout Unlimited has been fighting to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine for nearly a decade. With the threat of the Pebble Mine and other hard rock mining proposal on adjacent state and federal land, now is the time to act to protect one of our greatest treasures. The EPA is trying to pave the way for Pebble Mine – a gold and copper mega-mine proposal that risks Alaska's spectacular Bristol Bay and its world-renowned salmon runs, abundant wildlife populations, and Native communities.

Please take action today by:

  1. Sharing our Bristol Bay action alert with your chapter members in your e-newsletters, on your Facebook page and in other ways and encourage them to send a personal letter to the EPA telling them to leave protections in place for our headwater streams
  2. Personally send a letter to the EPA using our Bristol Bay online form

PUBLIC LANDS

Celebrating America's Great Places

Public Lands HatSeptember 30th is National Public Lands Day and for good reason. If there was ever a month made for sportsmen and women, it's September, and there is no better place to spend it than on our public lands.

The dog days of summer have given way to cooler temperatures and a multitude of opportunities beckon hunters and anglers: brown trout chasing streamers, elk bugles ringing through the mountains, ruffed grouse bursting from underfoot, brook trout aglow in spawning colors, hatches of blue wing olives, salmon returning home to spawn.

We all have our favorite hunting and fishing spots where we savor these experiences and this September we are celebrating these special places with our 30 Great American Places campaign.

Throughout September we will be featuring thirty public land locations throughout the country – one for each day of the month – as a way to highlight the breadth of America's public lands, the people cherish these great American places, and the values these lands contribute to our hunting and fishing heritage.

Join us on TU's blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and get to know your public lands. We'll be including actions you can take to ensure decision makers understand public lands not only need to remain in public hands, but need to be managed for healthy fish and wildlife habitat and quality hunting and fishing opportunities.

We'll also be hosting an Instagram contest – just post a photo of yourself enjoying America's public lands, tag @troutunlimited and use the hashtag #mygreatplace. Winners will be picked at random each week and we'll be awarding some great fishing gear and exclusive Public Lands: Best. Idea. Ever. hats.

Speaking of hats, if you aren't lucky enough to win, you can receive one as a thank you for donating to TU; click here to get yours today!

We hope you will join us celebrating our public lands hunting and fishing heritage through TU's 30 Great American Places campaign. Working together, we can ensure our public lands remain strongholds for trout and salmon and a great place to hunt and fish long into the future.

TU ANNUAL MEETING

Still Time to Register for Roanoke! Hotel Room Block Expires Sept. 10

Annual MeetingAn exciting and modern city, nestled within striking distance of some of the prettiest national forests and parks around, Roanoke, Va., will be the host of the 2017 TU Annual Meeting. Join us from Sept. 27 - Oct. 1, for a fun, festive event where you can enjoy the early fall foliage and weather, strike out for trout in nearby scenic streams, and spend a weekend meeting and sharing ideas and inspiration with TU volunteers and staff.

This year, we're taking the Annual Meeting to a whole new level and have added some great new activities such as:

  • A hands-on Stream Temperature Monitoring training on Thursday as part of the Conservation Trout so you can bring great Angler Science skills back to your chapter or council
  • A fun evening at the Orvis warehouse in Roanoke on Thursday where we will celebrate the launch of the new Embrace A Stream Challenge and you can test out the all-new Helios 3
  • A great STREAM Kids event on Saturday where youth can explore and learn what makes a healthy stream for trout
  • An important riparian buffer planting along Roanoke's Glad Creek on Sunday to help the local chapter restore a once-thriving wild brown trout stream

All of these new activities, plus the jam-packed meeting agenda, will make this year's annual meeting a not-to-miss event.

But don't wait, our hotel room block and special rates expire on Sept. 10! Register now!

FUNDRAISING PROGRAM

Arborwear Offers Discounted Custom Apparel to TU Chapters

Trout Unlimited is pleased to announce that Cleveland, OH based Arborwear, a long-time leader in outdoor work-wear, has joined the TU Fundraising Program for chapters and councils. This new partnership allows Trout Unlimited Chapters to purchase custom logo shirts, jackets, and hats through the online store at prices much lower than MSRP.

Arborwear

Arborwear has staked its reputation on making "honest, hardworking clothing" that has stood up to the toughest tests in the harshest environments. Through this program, the company has agreed to offer chapters a wide variety of options at varying price points; including dri-fit shirts, hats, jackets and women's clothing.

For more information on the discounts available for your chapter, visit Trout Unlimited's Fundraising Program or reach out to any member of the Volunteer Operations Staff.

More details on this opportunity:

  • Discount may vary but typically around 30% off MSRP
  • Minimum 12 piece purchase requirement (does not have the same item)
  • One time $30 charge for logo design
  • All orders must contain your chapter's unique logo. If your chapter does not have a logo, or you're interested in a new logo, please email Jeff Yates
  • All orders will be reviewed by TU staff

PROTECTING YOUR CHAPTER

Supplemental Accident Insurance: Policy Covers Your Events, Members and Volunteers

Did you know that TU offers additional accident insurance for chapters and councils that will extend $25,000 or $50,000 of medical coverage per participant per accident for all TU sponsored events, including youth camps?

This type of coverage is not included in the general liability policy provided for free to all TU chapters and councils, but can be helpful in instances where a person is injured at a TU event. Example: If a TU member or non-member volunteer is walking along the side of a river in the course of a TU work project, and they trip on a log and are injured, the additional accident insurance would be available to help cover eligible medical expenses incurred while treating the injury.

The cost is $115 per chapter or council for $25,000 of coverage or $155 per chapter or council for $50,000 of coverage. The insurance term is based on TU's fiscal year and runs from October 1 to September 30 of. Also included with the medical coverage is $15,000 of accidental death and $25,000 of accidental dismemberment. (Note: This year's premiums reflect a $5 increase in the rate.)

Each chapter and council must opt for the coverage themselves – meaning a council cannot file for all the chapters in their states with a single payment. Any chapter or council interested in enrolling in additional accident insurance should fill out the Accident Insurance Application, and return it with your check.

YOUTH EDUCATION

Headwaters Program Gearing Up for Another Busy Fall

Headwaters ProgramTU's Headwaters Youth Program is gearing up for another exciting fall. With Trout/Salmon in the Classroom (T/SIC) tanks filling all over the country as school begins, new adult trainings developing around TU's programs, and the Annual Meeting just around the corner, there’s a lot of news coming from our team of staff and volunteer leaders. Please read on for some highlights of new happenings and some reminders of existing resources that you may find helpful.

Headwaters at the Annual Meeting

At the 2017 Annual Meeting in Roanoke, TU's Headwaters program will present on partnerships that have enriched our programming over the past year:

  • Our partnership with Guadalupe River TU and the Texas chapter's challenge to fund youth programming through the GRTU Tomorrow Fund.
  • The epic TU Costa 5 Rivers Odyssey's wide-ranging partnerships with the Forest Service and industry partners like Fish Pond USA.
  • STREAM Girls with Girl Scouts USA along with our first-ever adult training event in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Fly fishing for under-resourced youth in Boston facilitated by the Greater Boston TU chapter in partnership with an afterschool and summer camp called Youth Enrichment Services (YES).
  • Don't miss this presentation on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 1:30 - 2:45 followed by the great STREAM Kids hands-on, outdoor activity scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

Trout/Salmon in the Classroom

Results are in from the national TIC/SIC inventory from 2016 and we're thrilled with the impact we are making together!

A total of 5,029 classrooms reported to have fish in the classroom programs with 1,927 of them TU-affiliated. That's an increase from 4,442 and 1,336 from the 2013-2014 inventory conducted by TU's Headwaters program. Some states had exponential increases. Arizona's tank number grew from just 2 classrooms to 29 and North Carolina's nearly doubled from 44 to 72.

TIC Resources for the Classroom

We all know the endless opportunities TIC/SIC provides as a teaching tool. For interdisciplinary lesson plans, access the TIC Online Lesson Plan Library with activities arranged by subject. You can also access multiple state manuals on this Google Drive that have step-by-step technical information and lesson plans.

Stream Explorers Magazine is another great resource for teachers and volunteers to use with the program. If you are one of the many volunteers that coordinate TIC or SIC in your state, you can order issus for your teachers or chapter youth events. If you have a lesson plan you'd like to contribute or don't see your state or chapter's website listed here, please let us know!

To order Stream Explorers:

  • Visit the TU Event Printshop
  • Choose one of 12 issues available in bundles of 50 for $11.95, including shipping.
  • Put your chapter contact information on the magazine so that interested students may contact you
  • Or, contact Tara Granke for assistance

VETERANS SERVICE PARTNERSHIP

Veterans Couples Trip, Special Trainings and Free Veterans Memberships

Headwaters ProgramThe Veterans Service Partnership (VSP) couples trip to Slough Creek in Yellowstone Park was a grand success. Five veteran couples chosen from over 40 nominations made by TU chapters from around the country enjoyed wonderful weather, great fishing, and the opportunity to relax and interact with other veteran couples.

Participating couples came from North Carolina, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Idaho. The five couples were capably instructed by Dave Kumlien, VSP Coordinator, and four TU volunteer guide/companions from the Madison-Gallatin Chapter in Bozeman and Flathead Valley Chapter in Kalispell.

Read some great stories from the trip – and more – on the Veterans Service Partnership blog online.

For the third consecutive year, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and the VSP will host the TAPS Montana Men's Retreat at Parade Rest Guest Ranch and the Madison River on Sept. 13-17. This event has become one of TAPS most popular retreats, and all spots for the 2017 event are filled up!

TAPS provides grief counseling and support for families who have lost loved ones in military service. This group is largely made up of fathers who have lost children in the post 9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This event has tremendous therapeutic impact on these men and their testimonies are powerful.

Preparations for the VSP and Higher Ground Sun Valley train-the-volunteer-trainer event continue. A total of 25 TU VSP Coordinators from around the country will converge on Sun Valley, ID in late September for more than three days of training in a variety of topics including how to work with disabilities, understanding military culture, utilizing adaptive fly fishing equipment, teaching adaptive fly fishing techniques, and volunteer and participant evaluation.

The funding for this event was secured by a grant from the Veterans Administration Adaptive Sports program, and the event is being run in partnership with Higher Ground Sun Valley, one of the nation's leading adaptive sports organization.

The goal of the program is to have these specially-trained TU VSP volunteers return to their chapters and councils and lead trainings of their local volunteers to grow our impact in serving our disabled veterans. Be sure to look for local opportunities to learn from your fellow volunteers in the months ahead.

A reminder for all TU VSP programs that any veteran engaged in your chapter or council programs is eligible to receive a free, one-year, trial membership and become engaged in our community. Membership information should be entered through the online form. To receive this link, please email Dave Kumlien.

CALENDAR

All web conference trainings are held at 8 p.m. EST unless otherwise noted. Contact Jeff Yates to register.
Nov. 6-12:
Embrace A Stream Challenge Online Competition
Nov. 15:
Deadline for All Chapters / Councils to File Annual Financial Reports
Feb. 15:
Deadline for All Chapters / Councils to File IRS Form 990, Form 990EZ or Form 990N
Jan. 26-27:
Mid-South Regional Rendezvous: New Braunfels, Texas
April 27-29:
Western Regional Rendezvous: Keystone, Colo.
May 18-20:
Southeast Regional Rendezvous: Davis, West Virginia
June 8-10:
Northeast Regional Rendezvous: Lake Placid, N.Y.
Sept. 19-22:
2018 Annual Meeting: Redding, Calif.

VOLUNTEER SURVEY

Help TU Improve Our New Member Recruitment
Trout Unlimited offers a special incentive to our chapters to recruit new members locally by providing you the opportunity to recruit new TU members at half-price ($17.50) and receive a rebate ($15) for every person you bring into our organization. Unfortunately, fewer than 2,000 new members are recruited to TU in this way each year, and we want to grow that figure - and our TU community.
Please answer the following brief survey to help us improve this important New Member Recruitment program.
Click Here to Take the Survey
If you would like to start recruiting new members today for your chapter, simply use this special link www.tu.org/intro to ensure your chapter receives the $15 rebate for every new person you bring into our organization.

POLICY SPOTLIGHT: OWNERSHIP OF PROPERTY

In 2012, TU's board of trustees passed a policy for the review and approval of the ownership of interests in real property by Trout Unlimited and its chapters and councils. Ownership of real property can present serious liability risks for TU, and the policy states that TU and our chapters and councils shall not own fee property, subject to limited exceptions that must be approved by the executive committee of the board of trustees.
The policy is based on the following principles:
1. TU shall not acquire or renew ownership of real property unless doing so furthers TU's mission of conserving, protecting, and restoring North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds or has other organizational benefits.
2. Ownership of real property involves risk for TU. Before TU acquires real property, or retains real property, the risks of that ownership should be understood and addressed.
3. Ownership of some real property by TU should be transferred to other persons or entities because that ownership poses significant risks for TU, does not further TU's mission, or other entities are better equipped to realize the conservation benefits to be gained from that property.
If your chapter or council is offered an opportunity to purchase or receive real property, it is first encouraged to seek to find a suitable partner nonprofit (such as a land trust) to take ownership of the land - as organizations like that have special insurance coverage and practices in place to provide protections. If no suuitable alternative is available, the chapter or council may seek to receive a special exception from TU's board of directors, but must not take any action to acquire the property until the full exception process is followed.
To review this document or to download a copy of the "Policy on the Ownership of Interests in Real Property" document and other TU policies, visit the online Tacklebox, under "Important TU Policies."
Note: This policy is for the ownership of real property, and is different than the policies on access rights for fishing easements or for holding interest in a conservation easement.

IT'S IN THE TACKLEBOX

The online leader Tacklebox – www.tu.org/tacklebox – offers a wide range of resources and guides for chapter and council leaders. Some of the most often used resources include:

"IN THE MAIL"

We want our volunteer leaders to know what their members are receiving from TU in the mail and will begin sharing this through "In the Mail" each month in Lines to Leaders. This month, the featured mail campaign is our Calendar Mailing which includes a donation request.
We welcome your feedback and want to remind you that we are grateful for the gift of your time as a volunteer leader and your membership support. We appreciate your donations to TU beyond your membership dues, but also hope you'll view our appeal mailings as an effort to keep you connected to the inner-workings of our development work as a volunteer leader.
Together, through on-the-ground, local efforts and nationwide focus, we are making our rivers and streams healthier homes for trout. Thank you!

EMBRACE A STREAM

Embrace A Stream

Support local stream and river restoration today by making a tax-deductible gift to Embrace A Stream, TU's oldest member-led conservation program. Since 1975, Embrace A Stream donations have helped raise more than $4.4 million for local conservation projects led by TU chapters and volunteers.

WOMEN IN TU

Learn more about TU's efforts to involve more women in TU's mission, engage more women in volunteer leadership and increase the number of female TU members.

CREATE A LEGACY OF CLEAN, COLD WATER

Including Trout Unlimited in your estate plans is one of the most simple ways to make a lasting impact for the resources and traditions you value.
Visit tu.planmygift.org to learn more about how you can leave a lasting legacy for future generations.
Or call Anderson Smith at (703) 284-9421.

TU BLOG

Share your stories and opinions on TU's blog.
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FUNDRAISING PROGRAM

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