Let’s Talk About Trout Unlimited Alaska

Trout Unlimited is a national non-profit organization that is driven by the mission “To conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.” Their activity can be seen coast to coast, including right here in Alaska. Trout Unlimited Alaska offers many volunteer and educational opportunities to Alaskans. Their current big project focuses are Bristol Bay, restoration of the Eklutna River, the Susitna River, and the Tongass National Forest.  

Based in Anchorage, Alaska, under the current leadership of Nelli Williams, Trout Unlimited Alaska connects stakeholders with opportunities to care for their local waters and create environments where trout and salmon populations can thrive. By joining a local chapter, members become part of a community active in their home waters’ conservation efforts. Along with this, there are educational opportunities for all ages, from new fishing techniques to fields trips for the kids. Not only do you get to meet some new “fishy” friends, but you also get the information needed to be that much more successful on the water. And most importantly you get to help protect our backyard.

TU Alaska is also involved in statewide and regional issues. By collecting information rich in local knowledge and supported by scientific data, they can inform stakeholders about the potential risks of current or upcoming legislation initiatives. The Save Bristol Bay or “No Pebble Mine” movement is a recent example of their work in informing and organizing to protect the pristine waters that are home to the fish of Bristol Bay, Alaska.   

Trout Unlimited Alaska is a community of advocates brought together in the name of conservation for Alaska’s wild fisheries. They understand the power that a community of stakeholders has in creating the change needed for these fisheries to thrive for generations to come. We, at Fish Alaska, are grateful for their hard work and ongoing passion for our state.

If you are interested in getting involved here are a few ways you can start 

  • Become a member for a small annual fee.
  • Volunteer at an event.
  • Financially give to support projects.
  • Advocate for your local waters.

Please visit Trout Unlimited Alaska on Facebook or visit TU.org for more information. The following posts appeared in various past issues of Fish Alaska.

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