Many people are familiar with Trout Unlimited, and our members’ shared passion for fishing, our regular meetings and outings for fellowship and our support for angler education in our communities. But many outside our organization aren’t familiar with the founding principles and purpose of Trout Unlimited, and the reason it exists today: coldwater conservation.
Preserving, restoring and protecting coldwater fisheries and their watersheds is at the core of everything we do, and we initiate or are involved in many projects public and private lands to further that mission. From aquatic organism passage projects, which ensure that fish and other water creatures can move freely through stream systems to find habitat, feed and reproduce; rerouting trail systems and roads that are creating heavy sediment loads that choke our streams; identifying and remediating sources of pollution and damage to the coldwater ecosystems and many other projects, Trout Unlimited and the Land O’ Sky Chapter have been involved in meaningful conservation efforts for more than fifty years.
Many of these projects require partnerships with local, state and federal agencies; the large ones demand that we partner with like-minded local non-profits who bring resources to the table and extend our reach and ability to make a difference in the world.
We’re proud of TU’s heritage in coldwater conservation, and we’re proud of the part Land O’ Sky has played in it; and we’re excited about the many initiatives we have planned for the years ahead. We hope you’ll join us in ensuring a future of clean, cold fishable waters for many generations of outdoor adventurers and explorers to enjoy.
For more information contact Jay Hawthorne, Conservation Chair at JohnJHawthorne@gmail.com.
Take care of the fish, and the fishing will take care of itself.
Links and Resources
- Appalachian Brook Trout: Learn more about North Carolina's native trout, which isn't really a trout.
- A Native Son Returns: What North Carolina is doing to understand and preserve our native brookies.
- Davidson River Report: 2003/2017 Habitat Inventories Comparison (PNF/Pisgah District).
- TU Status Report: A report on the TU/USFS Southern Appalachian Aquatic Habitat Connectivity Partnership.