Effort to form Flaming Gorge task force under fire

June 28, 2011
By CATHERINE TSAI Associated Press
Denver Post
Trout Unlimited and others contend Colorado’s water needs can be met through 2050 with smaller water projects, conservation, reusing water, paying farmers to fallow their land and allowing cities to use their water rights during severe droughts.

The groups also say there are cheaper options for providing water to growing Front Range populations than looking to the Flaming Gorge or, specifically, Million’s plan for a 578-mile pipeline, three reservoirs and 16 natural gas-fired pumps.


Groups express concern about DOW, state parks merger

March 21, 2011
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David Nickum, executive director of Colorado Trout Unlimited, said the group has “a lot of misgivings” about the merger and the TU board has expressed almost no support for it so far.

“There are very significant institutional, cultural and financial issues a merger would raise,” he said.

Most concerning, Nickum said, is the state’s plan to move ahead with the merger and work out many of the details later.


Victory for Sportsmen! $260 Raid on Fish & Wildlife HALTED!

February 17, 2011

February 17th, 2011
In response to overwhelming pressure from the sportsmen community, Representative Becker announced today his plans to withdraw HB 1150, a bill that would have raided $50 million from hunting and fishing license fees and resulted in a net loss of over $260 million for fish and wildlife conservation and management in Colorado. We would like to congratulate the Department of Natural Resources and Rep. Becker for seeking a bipartisan, collaborative solution that respects the needs of Colorado’s agricultural communities and the fish and wildlife that make our state great. CTU and other members of the sportsmen’s community extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to Rep. Becker for responding to the voices and concerns of sportsmen. Please call Representative Becker to thank him at 1-800-811-7647 (outside Denver) or 303-866-2906 (within the Denver-metro area). To read more about HB 1150, click here. Interested in learning more about CTU’s legislative advocacy program and how you can make a difference on sportsmen’s issues? Click here.

A Small Town With Big Plans For Their River

December 16, 2010

By Joanie Muzzulin, Purgatoire River Anglers Chapter Secretary

Southeastern Colorado and the town of Trinidad have been known for many things through the years, but a popular destination for fl y fi shing was not one of them. A group of passionate community members and a new Trout Unlimited
Chapter are determined to change that.

Seventy-five years ago it was written in the local newspaper that water and fi shing could be a good tourist draw for Trinidad. But through the years the Purgatoire was plagued with floods and drought. In 1975 the Trinidad Lake Dam was built, controlling the fl oods but creating high summer velocity and very low winter fl ows in the river. About the time the dam opened, the last of the coal mines closed, and the economy of Trinidad faltered. No one seemed to care about the Purgatoire, and many had come to use it as a dumping ground.

But a few, like Chapter President Howard Lackey, could see beyond the trash and invasive plants and envision the potential of the Purgatoire River as a trout steam. Howard’s grandfather taught him the best way to recover from a stressful day of work is to take out the fl y rod, and that is easier to do with a stream near where you work and live. The Trinidad Community Foundation was founded in 2006, with a mission to improve the quality of life in Trinidad and Las Animas County. Howard was on the board of directors, and one of the fi rst projects tackled was improving the river corridor. The Foundation began a spring clean-up of the river corridor. They partnered with The Comcast Foundation, and this spring over 230 people volunteered at the Comcast Cares clean-up event.

Members from Chapter 509 Southern Colorado Greenbacks in Pueblo had become interested in the Purgatoire River a couple of years ago, and toured it with city offi cials and Kim Pacheco Schultz, the Executive Director of the Trinidad-Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce. They were excited by the possibilities but knew it would be difficult to work on a project 75 miles away. Chapter 509 generously off ered to allow a new TU chapter to form in their southeastern Colorado territory. A meeting was held in September 2009 to measure the local interest, and Chapter 100, Purgatoire River Anglers, came into being that night.

A year later, Chapter 100 has over 50 members in this sparsely populated area. The fi rst Embrace-a-Steam grant was applied for before the chapter was even fully chartered. Pete Gallagher of Fin-up Habitat Consultants was hired and has completed an assessment and a preliminary plan for a demonstration project in the center of Trinidad, where the Purgatoire River crosses under Interstate 25, past Cimino Park. It appears that funding for the initial phase will come this spring through generous donations from several partners, too numerous to mention in this limited space. Eradication of the invasive trees, mainly Russian olives, is being done by the State Forestry Service. Hopefully the first phase of the Purgatoire River Project will be completed by next winter. When the highway overpass replacement is finally finished on Interstate 25, travelers on their way into or out of Colorado will be able to look down at an inviting Purgatoire River and maybe consider stopping to fi sh awhile.

The community has rallied around the river project. No one says “no” when they are asked if they would like to help. They can envision the Purgatoire River as a beautiful asset to the community and are stepping up to make that dream happen.

Don’t just ‘give’ – Invest!

December 15, 2010

A Special Message from CTU’s

President, Sinjin Eberle

‘Tis the season to be jolly…and for cash-strapped non-profit organizations to turn up the end-of-year fundraising machine.  In the 2009/2010 recession, few categories of organizations have suffered more than non-profits.  These are the same organizations that do the vital work, on the ground, caring for or promoting many of the issues, places, or cultures that we care about, and that make our world interesting and dynamic.  Governments can’t do it, individuals can’t do it – but it must be done, and whatever ‘it’ is, it gets done via the non-selfish work of the staffs and volunteers of people who step up to the plate for these non-profit organizations.

But that aside, we are still asking for people to ‘donate,’ to ‘give with their hearts,’ or to ‘scrape up a little bit for the places/issues we love.’

It seems to me that asking it that way may be the wrong approach, so how about this one – Invest in the causes and places that you care about the most.

People have little trouble thinking about investing in Apple, or Google, or Ford Motor Company, or Berkshire Hathaway, and that investment is going towards giving the investor a better future – planning for something ahead.

So why is it so hard for people the think about investing in another way – in the places or issues that you care about?  It’s still putting your hard earned dollars towards something you want to be there in the future – a free-flowing river, places to hike, fish, or contemplate.  Species you want to see preserved for your kids and grandkids to experience outside of a zoo.  We talk about wanting these places and experiences to thrive into the future and place a real value on them to ourselves and those we love – so why is it so hard for people to see that investing in those things is just as satisfying and forward-thinking as investing in the stock market?

The rivers can’t protect themselves, and certainly the time is past when we can simply assume that rules and governance can always provide the protection that these valuable places need to survive in a healthy and sustainable manner .  They require investment, human efforts and passion, and yes, money, to be there in our futures.  Just like we want Apple or Google or Ford to be there, to thrive, and to provide dividends for us into the future.

This holiday season, don’t forget to invest your money in what really matters, and those things you care about for the future.  It matters much more than another trinket that will sit on a shelf.

To make a high-impact investment in Colorado’s rivers and coldwater fisheries, click here please click here.

Agencies agree to tackle problem of traction-sand deposits in Fraser River Read more: Agencies agree to tackle problem of traction-sand deposits in Fraser River

November 15, 2010

By Bruce Finley
The Denver Post

As skiers roll into the high country seeking snow, each vehicle that crosses the Continental Divide over Berthoud Pass worsens the damage to a key tributary of the Colorado River — despite 15 years of trying to solve the problem.

State highway, Denver Water and U.S. Forest Service officials last week said work on a traction-sand removal system along the Fraser River will begin in the spring — at the earliest.

This material slides off the road into the Fraser River, “smothering the rocks, which smothers the bug life, which is the bottom of the food chain. Then the fish starve,” said Kirk Klancke, president of Trout Unlimited’s Colorado River headwaters chapter and manager of two water districts, who helped line up about $240,000 in federal and state grants for sediment removal.

Read more: Agencies agree to tackle problem of traction-sand deposits in Fraser River – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_16613779#ixzz15N6IGXQF

Read more: Agencies agree to tackle problem of traction-sand deposits in Fraser River – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_16613779#ixzz15N6E594H

Cutthroat Chapter’s Conservation Auction is November 16th

November 10, 2010

Mark your calendars for November 16th at 6:00 PM to be sure you’ll be available for our Annual Conservation Auction. It’s a fun event with lots of outstanding items up for auction. There will also be a cash bar with plenty of time for socializing and inspecting the various items available for auction.

Please check out our site for daily updates of auction items http://www.cutthroatctu.org/.  Some of the items include guided trips (both local and not-so-local), fly-fishing equipment, boxes of flies tied by renowned fly tyers, artwork (both fishing and non-fishing related), gift certificates ranging from the obvious (fly shops) to massages and financial planning.

Besides all the great things available to bid on, there’s another important reason for you to participate. The Auction provides most of our Chapter’s annual income. It makes it possible for us to run our monthly meetings, to carry on our Cheesman Canyon maintenance, river clean-up and river testing activities, to fund a graduate fellowship in the Fish Biology and Wildlife Department at Colorado State University, to carry on youth education, and to cooperate with National Trout Unlimited and Colorado Trout Unlimited in their various conservation programs. In other words, it’s a win-win evening. You’ll enjoy it and we’ll get the financial support that we need.

So mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 16th at 6pm and join us at the Terrace Gardens. The address is 13065 East Briarwood Ave., Englewood, just south of Arapahoe Rd, 2 miles east of I-25. Admittance is free.

And guys, please bring your wives and daughters with you as we’ll have plenty of items of interest to them. Plus, there’ll be a special door prize drawing for the ladies only.