Georgia TU Leaders:
Your climate change survey results are in and the survey closed on September 28, 2015. We received 572 responses which resulted in a total response of approximately 17%.
Carl and I have reviewed the results including most of the comments and have learned a great deal about the opinions that Georgia TU members have on climate change. I don't want to take a lot of time or discussion with our findings, as you can look at the results and draw your own conclusions. However, there are a few concerns that surfaced from the responses.
First, 31 members did not agree that Georgia TU should pursue and practice the ten steps presented in 2007 for protecting our trout waters (Healing Troubled Waters). We have been and should be practicing these steps or activities whether we believe in climate change or not. Considering the other comments that came with their "no" vote, it appears that there was a misunderstanding of what the question was asking. I any case I encourage those members to share their thoughts with me on this opinion.
Approximately 60% of the respondents did not believe there has been any degradation of trout habitat due to climate change and 70% of those members based their opinion on their fishing experience in the field. There are very strong opinions expressed by Georgia TU members on both sides of the climate change issue and your review of this information will lead you to your own conclusions.
The chapter getting the highest percentage of responses to the survey was Chattahoochee/Nantahala and the runner up was Blue Ridge Mountain. Congratulations to them both as they will be fund raising with Winston BIII-x and TFO-BVK fly rods respectively.
Thank you to all that took your time to respond to the survey. We now have a very good assessment of where the TU members in Georgia stand on this issue. It is suggested that you get this survey information (dropbox link) to your chapter members via newsletter, website or constant contact.
M. A. (Mack) Martin
National Leadership Council Rep
Georgia Council Trout Unlimited