Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood issued a statement this week saying the organization will work toward creating an environment of greater equity.

In part, Wood wrote:

Good comes when we listen more, understand more, and judge less — when we seek compassion and ways to help our neighbors. Good comes from building an America that truly protects the rights and freedoms of all its people.

Inequity and violence destroy. When we build community, we create.

Trout Unlimited and its 300,000 members and supporters will play an active role in efforts to build a more inclusive community across the nation. We cannot simply ignore the news, go fishing, and wait this out. Trout Unlimited will be part of the solution by addressing the inequities in our communities, and by building space for all people to participate in our mission of conserving, protecting, and restoring our watersheds.

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