Thursday, March 22, 2007

High Road or Slippery Slope?

According to this article on New West, Trout Unlimited is considering a resolution to drop their involvement in stream access issues.

"A proposed TU resolution states: “Involvement in stream access disputes is divisive and a distraction from the mission. ….The proposed amendments would prohibit TU involvement or participation in disputes that pit claims of public stream access against claims of private property rights.” "

Knowing that this issue is of major interest to fly fishers across the nation, we contacted Steve Moyer, Trout Unlimited's Vice President for Government Affairs and Volunteer Operations for a comment. Mr. Moyer let us know that TU's Trustees are "actively considering the matter" and that a decision could be reached as early as next week. He has graciously consented to an interview with FlyfishMagazine once the decision has been reached.


Paul Prentiss said...

Colorado Trout Unlimited and most other western councils are adamantly opposed to what we feel is change in basic direction by National Trout Unlimited. I would suggest you hear the other side of the story. We currently expect National (recent letter from Charles F. Gauvin, on this subject) to simply enforce its view on the membership. This will cause a irreparable damage to the organization.

Murdock said...


Great information. I know many of the TU chapters are opposed to this stance by the National Org. I wanted to give TU a chance to explain their position which seems absurd to many of us. I think it would be great to get the point of view of the local councils and plan to do so.

Stream access is an issue that is affecting anglers in just about every state in the US.

Any TU members out there have an opinion? Leave us a comment and we will pass it on to Mr. Moyer.