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As a trout angler, Wisconsin has been pretty good to me. Trout populations are in good shape and our State has invested heavily in public access on our trout streams. You could say, we’re living in the golden age of trout here in Wisconsin.   Our state provides a variety of opportunities for all [ READ MORE... ]
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On Saturday, August 21, girls from across Southern Wisconsin came together at the West Fork of the Kickapoo River to learn about one of their home waters. Nine girls participated in the event, which was led by volunteers from the Coulee Region TU Chapter.   The West Fork Sports Club dried out from [ READ MORE... ]
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Joint Finance Committee Extends Stewardship 4 Years, Cuts Easements by $2 million   On Thursday, June 10, the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (“JFC”) voted to extend the Knowles Nelson Stewardship Program for four years at $32 million per year. Wisconsin TU commends the Legislators [ READ MORE... ]
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Representative Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls)     On Thursday, June 10, Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) approved an increase in the DNR’s Municipal Dam Safety Grant Program from $4 million to $10 million in the next biennium (2-years).   The JFC also voted to increase the maximum grant [ READ MORE... ]
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The TU Fountain of Youth     As a father of two young daughters, the next generation is always on my mind. Neither of them show much interest in fly rods or fishing poles at the moment although the youngest surprises me from time to time.   They are both quite content wet wading, chasing minnows, [ READ MORE... ]
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Resiliency is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. It’s fast becoming a signature characteristic of both the instream restoration work we do and the chapter building activities that we’re undertaking.   By building resiliency into our trout streams and our TU Chapters, we [ READ MORE... ]
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As I write this, I’m still celebrating the recent Bristol Bay decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to deny the Pebble Mine permit. The Pebble saga is a long one, and it serves as a reminder about the importance of playing the “long game” when it comes to our advocacy efforts.   The mineral [ READ MORE... ]
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The Wisconsin State Council of TU believes it is important to recognize the outstanding efforts of our members and the broader conservation community, and we have been presenting a number of awards since 1983.   We are currently seeking nominations for our 2021 awards. Because we will not have a [ READ MORE... ]
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2020 is sure to go down as one of the most difficult times our organization will face. The driving force propelling our mission of conserving, protecting, and restoring our coldwater fisheries and their watersheds has always been the passion and commitment of our grassroots volunteers.   Now, due [ READ MORE... ]
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Hello Mr. Secretary, thank you for offering to spend some time with us. I want to start by recognizing the special relationship that our organization has with the DNR. Much of the conservation work that we do would not happen without our partnership. For many of us volunteers, our local fisheries [ READ MORE... ]
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