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Valley Chapter No. 391
P.O. Box 271
Leavenworth, Washington 98826
exciting year has begun for our Trout Unlimited chapter. If our first
membership meeting on January 14th is any indication, 2009
will be equally interesting and successful. Twenty-six chapter members
attended this information-packed session. Here’s what took place at
our recent meeting:
were advised that our chapter received considerable recognition for
our efforts in 2008 at Washington State’s annual meeting. We
received three awards. Most noteworthy, the Jerry Pavletich Award as
the “most outstanding chapter” in WA state this year.
Additionally, the “Silver Trout Award” was given as we were
recognized for the most outstanding chapter project in Washington
State. Our Icicle Valley Chapter was also recognized with the
“membership award” for 2009’s greatest net increase in chapter
ICTU chapter will be hosting our state council meeting in May (15th
& 16th) here in Leavenworth. Our very own Rollie
Schmitten will be addressing the group. All chapter members are
welcome to attend. More specific information will follow.
number of our chapter members are involved in helping to initiate
legislation to be introduced by Linda Evans Parlette addressing the
Upper Columbia River Fisheries. In light of the state budget
reductions (- $40,000,000) for the WDFW, additional funding needs to
be developed by “user groups” in order to support and enhance
our fisheries. A five year pilot program has been proposed to
establish a “salmon and steelhead stamp” for this purpose. This
$15 stamp will be required to fish for Upper Columbia salmon and
steelhead. These stamps, it is estimated, will generate $300,000 in
revenue that will help the WDFW in working toward enhancing
recreational fishing activities.
County Commissioner, Keith Goehner, addressed our group focusing on
the county’s land exchange and eco-stewardship programs. An
in-depth presentation was given by Mike Kane of Chelan Co. Natural
Resources Department featuring their department’s habitat
improvement projects completed in 2008 and planned for 2009.
Kunzmann of Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers presented his findings
regarding Wenatchee River access via public easements. Additional
information will follow.
chapter’s activities in developing a steelhead acclimation pond at
Blackbird Island on the Wenatchee River in Leavenworth are
continuing to progress. More information will follow regarding
volunteer activities for some “hands-on” work in enhancing our
check-out your chapter’s activities on our Web site @ icicletrout.org.
You will be proud of what we have accomplished as an organization.
next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 11th at Kristall's
in Leavenworth. Plan to attend. Our program will include a presentation
on the potential effects on Bristol Bay fisheries if planned mining