Peter Jonas joins Driftless staff as partnership specialist

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. 

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.