Message from TU President, Chris Wood – Fishing, TU and the pandemic

If your email inbox looks like mine, almost every organization you have ever worked with, joined or “liked” has sent you a note this week about the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19.

It’s a sign of how thoroughly this crisis has swept across all of American life. Trout Unlimited is rooted in communities of volunteers, anglers, and partners coming together in the name of conservation. And, given the advice from experts to practice “social distancing,” our work faces serious challenges in the coming weeks.

As of today, Trout Unlimited is cancelling all indoor gatherings of 10 people or more, including annual spring banquets, regular chapter meetings and other events.

In addition, Trout Unlimited has cancelled all travel for its staff, called off our regional meetings, and is taking a hard look at whether to hold the annual meeting, scheduled for August in Maine. We have closed our offices around the country and are asking staff to work from home. We are all spending this time catching up on paperwork, writing assignments and overdue reports.

I will be sad to miss big events such as the Orvis Rendezvous in Roanoke, as well as smaller but equally important ones such as the Sal-Font Chapter banquet in West Virginia. It sounds obvious, but the most important priority for all of us is to stay healthy, and protect our friends, families and communities from the spread of this virus.

See Chris Wood’s message at:

https://youtu.be/G3YEKoI7NAg

2020 Adams Chapter Fundraising Banquet

2020 Adams Chapter Coldwater Celebration
Due to COVID-19 public health concerns, we have changed the date of this event to   Saturday, July18, 2020 (please ignore the date in the graphic below).

Doors open at 5pm, dinner served at 6pm
at the Park Place Hotel & Conference Center
300 E. State Street, Traverse City, MI 49684

It’s time for the 2020 Adams Chapter Coldwater Celebration! Please join us on Saturday, April 18th at the Park Place Hotel and Conference Center for an evening of good food, great company, door prizes, silent auction, live auction, and much more! Please visit actu2020tickets.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets; single tickets for $50, table of eight for $350. Your patronage supports the conservation, protection, and restoration of our cold waters, as well as youth enrichment programs. We hope to see you there!

All handicap-licensed vehicles will be authorized to park in the Park Place Hotel parking lot for easy accessibility. Please park all non-handicap vehicles across the street at: Hardy Parking Garage, 300 E. State Street. Park Place Hotel reserves all standard on-site parking for overnight guests only.

Adams Chapter TU was awarded an Embrace A Stream grant

EASThe Adams Chapter was just awarded an Embrace A Stream grant for $6500.  We also have the opportunity to raise much more through a Crowdfunding campaign organized by Trout Unlimited with some matching funds from Orvis.  This offer runs from November 4 through November 10.  For this opportunity go to

https://www.embraceastream.org/organizations/adams

Our project is to restore a now abandoned sand trap on the Boardman River’s north branch.  The sand trap was build around 1994 and the site now has bare and eroding streambanks, no shade, and no instream structure for fish.  The Chapter will also repair an upstream bend as part of this project.

The goal for the project is to build stream structure, repair eroding banks, and restore some streambanks now staying in place with only geotextile cloth.  The project will require volunteer time for physical work and planning as well as engineering for planning and permitting, acquiring wood, rocks, and rootballs, and an excavator with heavy equipment.

The sand trap was built in the mid 1990s and was abandoned after it did not prove to be effective — a function of its size, location, and operating costs.  Experience here and elsewhere showed that taking steps to stop erosion and trap sediment is more effective.

The Adams Chapter is pleased to be working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Grand Traverse Conservation District. The area MDNR Fisheries Management Biologist is the Sponsoring Professional.  The Chapter and Grand Traverse Conservation District are also contributing funds to the project.

Successful fundraising will allow the Chapter to complete this project in the latter part of 2020, after getting permits, when environmental conditions are suitable.

We appreciate your support!

Reserve your spot for the Annual Wa Wa Sum outing on The Au Sable in September!

Join the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited at the historic Wa Wa Sum Lodge on the banks of the Au Sable mainstream in Grayling Friday September 13-Sunday September 15. The lodge is located on the section known as the “Holy Water”. Wa Wa Sum is located just downstream from the birth place of Trout Unlimited. TU was formed at George Griffith’s home, The Barbless Hook, in July of 1959. Wa Wa Sum is a historic lodge dating back to 1880 and was originally owned by the Stranahan family from Toledo, Ohio. Michigan State University acquired it in 1982 and uses it primarily as a research center. They rent the lodge to various organizations throughout most of the year. This event is open to all members of the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited and their guest(s). Must be 21 or older to attend. Reservations are needed see The Events Calendar for details

For the Love of Rivers May 5th at Traverse City Opera House with Dr. Kurt Fausch

Dr. Kurt Fausch is a renowned fisheries ecologist who spent a career studying how fish make a living in streams and how streams are linked to their riparian forests. In this talk and film, he crosses boundaries of countries, cultures, and scientific disciplines to explore why healthy, connected rivers are essential for fish, and humans, and how we can conserve them — in Michigan and beyond.

His book, For The Love Of Rivers and film, River Webs both speak to the largely unknown bond between the river environment and the surrounding forest.  Join us for a FREE screening of the film and an opportunity to meet Dr. Fausch during a post-movie book signing.

While there is no cost to the event we are requiring a ticket for admission.  Click HERE to learn more and register.

For The Love of Rivers Book Trailer from Kurt Fausch on Vimeo.