To conserve, protect, and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
By the next generation, Trout Unlimited will ensure that rebust popluations of native and coldwater fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.
National TU History:
July 2009 marked the 50th anniversary of TU’s founding on the banks of the Au Sable River near Grayling, Michigan. The 16 fishermen who gathered at the home of George Griffith were united by their love of trout fishing. From the beginning, TU was guided by the principle that if we “take care of the fish, then the fishing will take care of itself.” And that principle was grounded in science. “One of our most important objectives is to develop programs and recommendations based on the very best information and thinking available,” said TU’s first national president, Dr. Casey E. Westell Jr. “In all matters of trout management, we want to know that we are substantially correct, both morally and biologically.”
In 1962-63, TU prepared its first policy statement on wild trout, and persuaded the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to curtail “put-and-take” trout stocking and start managing for wild trout and healthy habitat. On the heels of that success, anglers quickly founded TU chapters in Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, and Pennsylvania.
From its hundreds of local stream restoration projects, to helping lead the way to remove the Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River in Maine, to compelling Congress to strengthen the Clean Water Act, TU has a strong 50 year track record of conservation achievements. Perhaps TU’s greatest strenght is that it works at multiple levels of society and government to achieve its mission. From the landower on the stream bank, to the state fisheries agency, to the Halls of Congress, TU is working to achieve its vision.