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.
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.
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.
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)
Welcome to Trout Unlimited California. Our mission is to protect, reconnect, restore and sustain California's salmonid fisheries, their watersheds and the diversity of their populations. In pursuit of this mission, all native plants and animals will benefit, providing a clean and sustainable environment for future generations.
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 acrossed our state
Sustain educate and outreach to our communities ensuring that robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish once again thriving within their native California ranges.