A vision for the Great Lakes: healthy waters and connected communities

Measuring a trout collected during electrofishing in the Great Lakes region in 2021.

Trout Unlimited starts off 2022 with a new strategic direction, building on the great work that we have been doing. Under this new plan Trout Unlimited is building a foundation for the future of healthy waters and healthy fish on the strength of whole communities committed to their care and recovery across generations.    

Our Great Lakes staff provide expertise in fisheries science, community engagement and project management that, when coupled with our meaningful connections to the communities we work in, translates to real conservation outcomes.

For a summary of the Great Lakes TU staff’s highlights from 2021, and a look ahead to what will be another productive years in 2022, check out our latest annual newsletter from the region.

Some of the outcomes over the past year include monitoring efforts to map stream temperatures using drone-mounted thermal cameras, inventorying more than 750 road stream crossings (which can be potential fish passage barriers), planting close to 19,500 trees along critical waterways, and reconnecting approximately 50 miles of coldwater stream habitat.

More than 250 community volunteers played a meaningful role in the implementation of these projects.   

The staff in the region continues to grow to meet the growing demands, with a total of nine full-time staffers now assigned to the region. In 2021 we were pleased to welcome Danielle Nelson in Wisconsin and Sarah Topp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the Great Lakes team.   

As always, if you have any questions about TU’s work in the Great Lakes region, please reach out to the field staffers whose contacts information is included in the newsletter, or to the team’s leader, Nichol DeMol at    

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