Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited, Inc,
Directions for 2015
From November 22, 2014 Planning Meeting
The Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited, Inc. exists to support and coordinate the efforts, projects and communications of the Trout Unlimited Chapters within the state. These directions have been established as the result of a full day planning session with many of the cooperating and collaborating organizations those chapters and the full council have worked with over the last several years. The direction statements here are deliberately simple, and do not address the plans and actions that will be necessary to fully achieve success.
Arizona Game and Fish Department
The AZGFD has long been Arizona Trout Unlimited’s lead Partner, at both the Chapter and State level, in efforts to Protect, Restore, Reconnect and Sustain Arizona’s coldwater fisheries for native and wild non-native trout. Many projects and activities have been completed, and others are on-going. This partnership will continue, with new efforts, projects and programs, such as in the areas below:
- Annual Native and Wild Trout Conference
- Education: Youth and Certified Angler
- Use of Angler Preference Survey information
- Catch and Release and Scented Bait Regulations
- Streams Restoration Plans & Natives Stocking Plans
- Trout Heritage Challenge Program(s)
- Partnership Waters Program
- Other initiatives as they develop
Western Rivers Action Network
Western Rivers Action Network (WRAN): AZTU is actively involved and will continue in the network of stakeholders to create healthier rivers such as the Colorado River and the Colorado River basin tributaries, including the Gila, Verde and San Pedro Rivers.
Wildlife Resource Partners
Wildlife Resource Partners: AZTU will continue to be actively involved with a varied group of Arizona conservation organizations to meet with bipartisan candidates and elected officials throughout Arizona on water issues. The message on water: we are informed stakeholders who can provide on-the-ground experience and science-based expertise. We prioritize conservation, re-use and water for natural areas/wildlife habitats. We are engaged and willing to participate with new ideas and with developing consensus on manageable strategies for our water future.
Trout Unlimited National
As a state council and as individual chapters, we are a part of the Trout Unlimited Inc. and rely on that national membership, structure and staff for organizational support and science guidance. We will continue to make specific contributions to and shape TU initiatives, including:
- Trout Unlimited 2015 -2020 Draft Strategic Plan,
- TU’s National Conservation Agenda
- TU’s new Southwest Trout Initiative,
- Active participation in TU’s Council Chair Forum, TU’s National Leadership Council and its workgroups, and with TU’s Board of Trustees,
- Active attendance and participation at Regional and National Annual Meetings,
- Frequent dialog with TU’s Organizational, Member Support, and Science Staff,
- Development of a TU Staff position for Arizona,
- Other interfaces as appropriate.
AZ-TU Council Organization and Structure for Future Efforts and Project Capabilities
We will enhance the Council capacities and capabilities through an expanded committee structure. Committees may be made up of Council members, chapter members, and members of cooperating and collaborating organizations. The Council Chair will designate committees as circumstances require. Initial committees will be:
- Education, Conservation, Policy, Membership, Communications, Fund Raising and Specific Project Committees
- Websites – AZ Council and TU National
- Continue upgrade and transition of AZ Council Website as an independent standalone web site focused on making Information on state level organizations, events and activities readily available, together with a strong presentation of goals and overall purpose.
- Continue participation in and utilization of the TU National Website as it is improved and optimized.
- Annual AZ-TU Council Report
Develop and Publish to Members, cooperating and collaborating organizations an Annual Report of Council and major Chapter Activities and Accomplishments for 2014. Publish in Q1, 2015.
- AZ-TU Quarterly Newsletter
Develop and Publish to Members, cooperating and collaborating organizations a Quarterly Report of Council and major Chapter Activities and Accomplishments for Q1, 2015 early in Q2, 2015. Quarterly Report Newsletters will be published in the first month of each quarter.
Membership (Women, Youth, Non-fly fishers) and Education
The Council activities and committee on membership will focus on supporting Chapter activities and programs in the following initiatives, with particular emphasis on women’s and youth programs:
- One For TU Proposal (Each member seeks to gain a member)
Policies and Collaborations
We will continue our major strategy of forging strong relationships with well directed organizations that have demonstrated their ability to accomplish valuable goals:
- Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD)
- Western Rivers Action Network (WRAN)
- Arizona Sportsmen For Wildlife Conservation (AZSFWC)
- Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI)
- National Forest Service (NFS)
- US Fish and Wildlife (USFWS)
- Lees Ferry Long Term Management Plan (LTEMP) / Lees Ferry Trout Fishery Plan
- Fly Fishing Clubs (Arizona Fly Casters, Desert Fly Casters, Northern Arizona Fly Casters, White Mountains Fly Fishers, Payson Fly Casters, Sun City Grand Flycasters, Verde Fly Fishing Club)
- White Mountain Lakes Foundation (WMLF)
- Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP)
- Arizona Wildlife Federation (AWF)
- The Nature Conservancy
- Audubon Arizona
- Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup (HAHWG)
- Tonto National Forest – Payson/Young/Mesa Ranger Districts
- Coconino National Forest
- Wildlife Resource Partners
- Project Healing Waters
- Salt River Project (SRP)
- Arizona State University (ASU)
- University of Arizona (UA)
- Northern Arizona University (NAU)
- National Forest Foundation
- Arizona Elk Society
- Upslope Brewing
The Council and its committees will work to be aware of grant opportunities available for Chapters, the Council, and cooperating collaborating organizations, and to assist Chapters and organizations in planning for, obtaining and applying those grants in an effective manner.
- Donor Development
The Council will work to identify Donors and the opportunities that are appropriate for major donor support, and will work cooperatively with Chapters, and with cooperating and collaborating organizations and individuals to bring donors and opportunities together. Clear definition of opportunities and capabilities will be key to these efforts.
The Council will work to Communicate Needs, Plans and Results of Projects and Programs to support efforts to obtain Grants and Donations.
Many of the actions and programs above have already been started. Others will be planned and launched during the 1st quarter of 2015. Activities, plan updates, and accomplishments and outcomes will be reported on the AZ-TU website, and in the Quarterly Newsletters.
The Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited, Inc is proud to be a lead sponsor of the broad group of anglers, guides, businesses, organizations and agencies that have developed a comprehensive set of recommendations and rationale for a balanced management of the wild, self-sustaining Rainbow trout fishery at Lees Ferry on the Colorado River. Individuals from AZ-TU’s member chapters have guided this effort, served on the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group (AMG) and the Technical Work Group (TWG) for the Department of the Interior, and continue to represent recreational angling as the Long Term Experimental and Management EIS for Glen Canyon Dam is developed by the Bureau of Reclamation and the National Park Service.
So TU is happy to welcome the release of the full recommendations report. The complete report can be read and printed here:
And a 2 page summary with links and contacts suitable for printing as a handout is here: