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Bruce Ajari: New Trout Unlimited chapter takes root in Truckee

Bruce Ajari
Special to the Bonanza

With the establishment of a Trout Unlimited office in Truckee a couple of years ago and the hiring of David Lass, you just knew it wouldnand#8217;t be long before a new Trout Unlimited chapter in Truckee would take root. A couple of weeks ago about 30 people attended the first meeting of the newly chartered Trout Unlimited Chapter No. 103 to elect officers and establish a plan of action for the upcoming year.

Trout Unlimited is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of freshwater streams, rivers and associated upland habitats for trout, salmon, other aquatic species and people. Often contracted as and#8220;TU,and#8221; the organization began in 1959 in Michigan. It has since spread throughout the United States and Canada.

Today TU has more than 150,000 volunteers organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. It is a grassroots army that is matched by a staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation workers ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration work at the local, state and national level.

Trout Unlimited is organized into and#8220;chapters,and#8221; each of which is dedicated to a specific watershed in a specific area of the country. Each chapter consists of groups of volunteers who elect their own officers and representatives to the national Trout Unlimited organization.

The first president of the newly formed chapter will be Stefan McLeod. Stefan is one of the most passionate people I have met when it comes to protecting and preserving the areaand#8217;s fishery. Perhaps it is because he was born and raised in Truckee and holds it in the highest regard.

McLeod says, and#8220;This has been a dream of mine for so many years to have an organization like TU to help us protect our trout and their habitat.and#8221; He will be an excellent leader to establish the work ethic necessary to take on the projects for the upcoming year.

As with all TU chapters, the volunteers will do a considerable amount of work within the Truckee watershed. As David Lass has said, and#8220;This is not a social club.and#8221; Members of TU chapters do a considerable amount of hands-on work.

The rest of the new officers of the first Truckee TU chapter are Vice President Larry McKurtis, FS/TRWC liaison Tom Johns, Secretary Matt Hargrave, Conservation Frank Pisciotta, Treasurer David Lass, and General Boards Matt Gilligan, John Roberts and Brian Nylund.

Are you interested in supporting the new local chapter of TU in your area? If so, you want to become a member of TU. Contact Dave Lass at the Truckee Office of Trout Unlimited at 10356 Donner Pass Road, Suite 3, Truckee, CA 96161, or by phone at (530) 587-7110.

The local chapter will need both volunteers to do the work and financial support. If you can provide either, get involved and join TU, and do something for your local fishery.

and#8212; Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.