Let's talk about membership. Please bear with me.
As we begin to wind down 2023, it's important to understand that Trout Unlimited is not just about fishing. Yes, most of us are anglers and YOU provide us with the inspiration and information on how to be more successful on the water. But, at its core, TU is about the science and nobility of conservation. Of course, we're talking about water, clean and cold. To paraphrase, our motto is “What's good for trout, is good for America.” It's a good membership campaign slogan.
This past year has been a remarkably successful time for TU throughout the United States. So many things have been accomplished at every level. With dedicated staff and volunteers we are now 300,000 strong in 387 chapters in 36 councils across the nation. And, as more people discover the joys of fly fishing and YOUR effective commitment to water conservation, our membership is steadily growing, especially with women.
We accomplish great things across the national spectrum because we are essentially a collaborative change-maker. Our public policy and conservation experts work with local, state, regional and national NGOs and wildlife advocates to raise funds and direct those resources toward everything from environmental education, to water quality and the angler experience. And we generally do it quietly without a lot of self-aggrandizement.
Our Arizona TU Council is no exception. TU secured a major win in August when President Biden officially designated Baaj Nwaavjo I'tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument, protecting nearly 1 million acres of land adjacent to the Grand Canyon from future uranium mining. TU received coverage for our years-long effort and partnership with the Grand Canyon Tribal Council.
Another innovative project is Arizona Trout in the Classroom, which begins delivery of rainbow trout eggs to public schools on November 13. Science students in designated schools throughout the state, with equipment provided by TU, will study the hatching and raising of the fingerling trout in a controlled environment. Future anglers and conservationists in the making.
Up in the high country, TU is responsible for funding and rebuilding a cold water spring catchment and pipe that feeds into an incubation pond on the campus of the R-C Scout Ranch on Christopher Creek above Payson. The current spring box and feeder pipe is decades old and no longer serviceable. The project is in collaboration with Arizona Game and Fish, the Grand Canyon Council/BSA and private donors. Construction has already started on Phase II, and should be finished by year's end. See the photos below.
So, your membership in TU and your support for our advocacy is important. On November 7, starting at 5:30 pm, we will have a TU on Tap mixer at Spokes on Southern, 1470 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ. We will visit with our members, have a beer and talk about what we're doing in Arizona. We think you will be impressed. There will be food!
If your TU membership has lapsed, please take a moment and renew. Our Zane Gray TU team is doing exceptional work and we need you! And after you've re-upped, tell a friend to join us. Bring them to the Spokes event. New members get an introductory half-price membership here . Pass it on. Here's the renewal membership link. Click here to renew .
Coming up in October in Zane Gray land.
Arizona Fly Casters has its monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 14, 6-8:30 pm at the Arizona American Italian Club, 7509 N. 12th St., Phoenix, AZ. This month's speaker is our good friend Andy Price , Scout Executive and CEO of the Grand Canyon Council/BSA and a fly angler of the first order. More info at www.azflycasters.org .
Desert Fly Casters will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 8, 6:30-8:30 pm at the Elks Lodge, 1775 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ. This month's speaker is Bryan Quick, of the Fly Shop in Redding, CA. Info at www.desertflycasters.com
See you at Spokes!