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 habitat. Advocacy efforts focused on critical actions such as keeping invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, while staffers also organized programs to connect with volunteers and to introduce the next generation of coldwater conservationists to the TU mission.

Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood recently highlighted many of the successes of the Great Lakes team in a blog on the TU web site.

The staff in the region continues to grow to meet the growing demands, with a total of eight full-time staffers now assigned to the region. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of TU’s Home Rivers Initiative on Michigan’s Rogue River. Congratulations to Nichol DeMol, Jamie Vaughan, and all who have contributed to the success of the program for the past decade.

Click HERE to view the February 2020 Great Lakes region newsletter.

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By Mark Taylor. A native of rural southern Oregon, Mark Taylor has lived in Virginia since serving a stint as a ship-based naval officer in Norfolk. He joined the TU staff in 2014 after a 20-year run as a newspaper journalist, the final 16 as the outdoors editor of the Roanoke Times. A graduate of Northwestern University, he lives in Roanoke with his wife and, when they're home from college, his twin daughters.