Chris Wood presents the State of TU at CX3 2022 in Portland, Maine.

During the Trout Unlimited CX3 conference in Portland, Maine, this month, President and CEO Chris Wood, spoke about the urgent work ahead to make our waters cleaner, our fisheries healthier, and our communities more connected.

“We live in a world today where our relationship with nature is broken,” he said. “We live in a world where our relationships with one another are often strained and frayed. We live in a world where our communities are increasingly defining themselves by their differences, as opposed to what unites them.

“Every time you all go out and plant some willows or plant some trees or otherwise take steps to care for and recover the lands and waters that sustain all of us, you are redeeming our relationship with God’s creation.

“And every time you all go out and take a kid fishing or take a veteran fishing or otherwise engage people in stream cleanups, you are helping to redeem our connection to one another.

“Every time you reach across the aisle to work with somebody from a different political party, or work with somebody with a different skin color, or work with somebody from a different socioeconomic background, you are helping to redeem community in an otherwise fractured world.”

By Chris Wood.