Greetings, as we look back at 2019 and ahead to 2020, its time for a little reflection.

As the chapter evolves it’s important to reflect on why we are Trout Unlimited members and what we would like to get out of the chapter.

Most of us joined to meet like-minded people that are interested in fishing, protecting our waters and improving our fisheries. Others may have joined to learn more about where to fish and how to improve their catching success. Whatever your reason, we are glad you are part of TU and would love to see each and every one of you at an event.

To serve you better we have released a short survey to be sure that we are focusing on the areas YOU are interested in. I encourage you to go to our website and complete the survey. Click this link to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8279Z7M

In 2020 we will continue to bring in noteworthy speakers and have at least one fishing trip each month. We will also expand our conservation and cleanup efforts. Our best project, by far, has been the Mill River revetment project. Our plan is to move further upstream and downstream and create better trout habitat.

We have started the River Stewards program. We already have a few volunteers who will help us formalize and expand the program. Starting with TU’s RIVERS app, the River Stewards will assess a segment of their chosen river to document the condition of the river, do temperature logging, conduct periodic macro invertebrate analysis, monitor trout redds and suggest/implement river habitat improvements. 

Our board members get true pleasure seeing members get involved in chapter meetings, fishing outings and conservation programs.

If you are interested and would like to volunteer, we could use your help, be it participating or leading a one-off activity, or even joining the board. Don’t be shy, let us know. 

From conservation, to Trout in the Classroom (TIC) to sharing your fishing experiences, there are many ways to get involved.

Just drop me a line and I’ll get you in touch with the right person: Rhrosen@aol.com

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and the best for 2020.

Rich Rosen

Nutmeg President

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