As partnership specialist for Trout Unlimited’s Driftless Area Restoration Effort (TU-DARE), Peter Jonas helps anglers, farmers, resource professionals, environmentalists, educators, students, and government officials work together to heal watersheds.
Peter developed experience and expertise in recruiting partners, community building, public speaking and grant writing in his prior work as an ordained minister and as a founding member of RUTH—Rural Unity through Hope, a community organizing coalition.
Peter is a life member of Trout Unlimited and has served on the boards of the Southern Wisconsin and Wisconsin Clearwaters Chapters. Recently, he has worked to secure support and funding for stream restoration projects in Buffalo and Trempealeau Counties.
Peter also enjoys participating in stream days with middle and high school students, being a “fishing buddy” for Reel Recovery, a program that offers cancer survivors an opportunity to learn to fly fish in a transformative community, and offering casting instruction for Stream Girls, a program in cooperation with Girl Scouts that introduces girls to fishing and stream ecology.
Peter and his wife Kary live in Arcadia, Wisc., in the best kept secret in the Midwest—the northern driftless region. They have three adult children. When he’s not obsessing about fishing or the health of the world’s watersheds, Peter enjoys reading, woodworking, hiking, wilderness experiences and hunting.