Protect our pristine headwaters on public lands for wild and native fish


Reconnect the segmented, dammed, water diverted streams for cool, clean fish-friendly water flows.


Restore native habitat in cold-water fisheries with sound science-based practices, collaborating with others across our state.


Organizing, education and outreaching to our communities ensures that we will be able to sustain robust populations of native and wild coldwater salmonids, to once again thrive within their native California ranges.

A California Coastal Commission grant of $800,000 was allocated to TU in 2005 over 5 years to restoring San Mateo Creek for the purpose of increasing the chances of significant population return.

The South Coast Chapter in Orange County has been heavily involved in
the volunteer and outreach work associated with this project.

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Californias Native Wild Trout and Salmon

Trout Unlimited is a national leader in cold-water fishery and watershed protection and restoration. We work with our partners to preserve and protect threatened and endangered fish found in California. Use the links above to learn more about the fish or determine their listing status.

We appreciate the fine pictures that several photographers have made available to us. We are also grateful to Joseph Tomelleri, who has graciously permitted TU to use his beautiful artwork. Please visit his website to learn more about his books and artwork.

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California National Directory & Offices

Emeryville Office
Brian J. Johnson--CA Director/Senior Attorney
4221 Hollis St., Emeryville, CA 94608
PH: 510-528-4772 Fax: 510-528-7880

Rene Henery, PhD--CA Science Coordinator/Research Scientist
4221 Hollis St.. Emeryville, CA 94806
PH: 510-528-4164 Fax: 510-528-7880

Matt Clifford--CA Water Rights Attorney
4221 Hollis St., Emeryville, CA 94608
PH: 510-280-5392 Fax: 510-528-7880

Chandra Ferrari--CA Water Project/Director
4221 Hollis St., Emeryville, CA 94608
Office: 510-647-9331 Fax: 510-528-7880

Mary Ann King--Stewardship Coordinator
4221 Hollis St., Emeryville, CA 94608
PH: 510-649-9987 Fax: 510-528-7880
Email: mking@tu. org

Field Personnel
Sam Davidson--Communications Director
4760 San Juan Canyon Rd., San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
Tel. 831-235-2542

Public Lands Staff--Truckee office
David Lass--Northern CA Field Director/NCCP Mgr.
10356 Donner Pass Road, Suite 3, Truckee, CA 96161
Office: (530) 587-7110

Sam Sedillo--Sierra Cascades Field Coordinator
Office:  (530) 587-7330
Cell:  (408) 718-9897 

Jessica Strickland--California Public Lands Coordinator
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Phone: 830-515-9917

North Coho Project Office:
Lisa Bolton--NCP Project Manager
P.O. Box 1966, Fort Bragg, CA 95433
Office: 707-962-0115

Anna Halligan--NCP Project Coordinator
P.O. Box 1966, Fort Bragg, CA 95433
Office: 707-962-0115

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California State Council Directory (Volunteers)

  • Chairman-Erik Young Email:
  • Vice Chairman--Cindy Noble Email:  
  • Past Chair: Drew Irby  Email:
  • Secretary: Bill Templin Email:  
  • Treasurer: Dustin Rocksvold Email:
  • NLC Rep: Brian Hines Email:
  • Special Projects/Chapter Development--John Sikora Email:  

Mailing Address for all written correspondence, donations, legal/contractual documents, etc:

Trout Unlimited of California
4005 Manzanita Ave. Suite 6, Box 302
Carmichael, CA 95608

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Trout Unlimited - National

Trout Unlimited is the leading trout and salmon conservation group in the U.S., with over 140,000 members in 38 states and 400+ grassroot volunteer-based chapters. Based in Arlington, VA, it is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees, a grassroots board and a National Leadership Council with a representative from each state. Working together, they provide a powerful strategic plan for watersheds and fisheries throughout the continental U.S. and Alaska. California National staff are based out of a main office in Berkeley as well as satellite offices throughout the state.

Trout Unlimited of California (TUCA)

Trout Unlimited of California represents the 10,000+ subscriber-based members with 11 active chapters in CA and an eight member state council board made up from those chapters. Our mission is similar to the National organization but at a more 'roots-based' level. The council and chapters work together, supporting each other to focus in on various local and regional issues from a bottom-up viewpoint and then direct our resources to address those issues. Council meetings are held 3x per year in different locations throughout the state. State projects the last couple of years include the first-ever Healdsburg Wild Steelhead Festival in Sonoma County, a community-based restoration project on the Santa Ynez River in Buelton and our long-running Golden Trout Project in the southern Sierras. In addition, TUCA reviews and signs on to important conservation legislation and advocacy efforts; all for the sake of saving our salmonoids.

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Sustain is the last phase of TU’s new conservation framework. In a comprehensive, multi-year watershed conservation plan, Sustain represents a contractual agreement between local, state and sometimes federal agencies to help keep whatever was just successfully built—intact & protected that way. Future meetings will be held to monitor the project, how things are going, etc. Conservation is never really done...

Sustain, in another sense, is just the beginning. To sustain such concepts as fish conservation or stream restoration for all species or water rights/hydro power reform for the next generation, you have to build the avenues and bridges to those future citizens.

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Restoration projects have always been the bread-and-butter of TU’s volunteer forces and, the most visible. In 39 states, with over 140,000 members, chapters and councils band together with local resource agencies, community based groups and area scientists to restore and rebuilt habitat for native fish on hundreds of projects totaling thousands of volunteer hours each year.

Restoration, if done in sequence, is essentially phase 3 of 4 of any given long-term watershed conservation plan. If the goals of Protect have been accomplished as well as Reconnect, then Restore naturally follows.

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In the next 15 years, the licenses for 50 of California’s hydropower generating projects will expire. These licenses affect 150 dams and hundreds of stream miles, more than in any other state. Hydropower licenses are important not only because the projects include invaluable habitat, but also because hydro dams frequently divert 95% or more of a river’s summer flow out of its channel. TU is among the nation’s leading experts on hydropower reform, and our record in California is strong.

Watershed Stewardship. Trout Unlimited’s leadership in the PG&E bankruptcy case led to an historic agreement to protect 140,000 acres of watershed land in the Sierras and the Cascades. The resulting Stewardship Council has become the largest provider of grant funds for youth outdoor activities in California.
Pit River. TU, PG&E and other groups reached an agreement that provides for an increase of minimum stream flows, a flow regime that mimics natural river processes, a reduction in rapid flow fluctuations that harm fish, enhancement of recreational opportunities, a long-term monitoring program with a fund of up to $500,000 a year, and additional resources for the famous Hat Creek wild trout fishery.

Published in Reconnect

Since Trout Unlimited founded the California Water Project in 2000, it has become a leading legal, science, and policy advocate focused on California water law and its effects on trout, salmon, and steelhead. Through reform of California’s system of water rights administration in California’s north coast, strategic agreements for instream flow protection in key watersheds, cooperative programs with water users, and hydropower reform efforts, we are achieving lasting streamflow protection for salmon and steelhead and changing how water rights are managed in California.

Stream Flow Protection

California’s legal regime for administering water rights has largely failed to protect either the interests of water users or the flows necessary to support aquatic life. For example, there are now about 500 pending applications for new water rights in California, including 300 clustered along the north central coast. The numbers tell only part of the story. Most of these applications have been pending for many years, and many water users have chosen to divert water without a valid water right—and without ecological safeguards. Building on nearly 20 years of work by TU chapters and volunteers in the area, we are turning the situation around.

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The Reconnect aspect of coldwater watershed protection may be one of the most contentious in years to come, especially in California and the West.

Long-terms droughts, increased water demands and aging hydropower structures have taken their toll on fish populations all over the Western U.S.

Scientists now say it is the fish’s ability to move up and down in a watershed’s system that enables it to spawn and/or to avoid threats as fire, flooding and higher water temperatures. Without that ability for mobility and fresh, cool clean water, sustainable salmonoid populations are at great risk.

Please read on about our hydropower reform initiatives and coastal reconnect projects. Imagine a California river flowing uninterrupted from mountain to sea. And, “...coho so plentiful, you could walk across the creek on their backs..."
(Russian River, Sonoma County, 1950’s)

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