Oct 22 First Aid Training

Recently, the WDNR added a new requirement that chainsaw operators at TU chapter brushing events needed to be certified in First Aid . To meet this requirement, Randy Arnold with the help of Nate Anderson organized a First Aid class.  The class was held Sunday, 10/22 at the Super 8 Motel in Baldwin, WI.  Fifteen folks took the class, a nice mix of volunteers from Kiap-TU-Wish and Clearwater’s chapter plus one student from the University of Wisconsin River Falls.

All aspects of First Aid were covered with extra emphasis on CPR and treating wounds.  The class was taught by Shannon Griebe a ten year EMT veteran.  THANKS to all those folks that took the time to get certified for the upcoming brushing season.


Space Still Available in this Sunday’s CPR/First Aid Training Class

The CPR/First Aid training class is all set up for this Sunday Oct. 22nd at the DNR Service Center in Baldwin, WI.  The training is necessary for our winter habitat work crews to stay in compliance with DNR regulations regarding workplace safety.  I need to have 2-3 CPR/First Aid trained personnel on site anytime that the chapter is engaged in brushing/logging operations involving the use of chainsaws. I currently have about 10 volunteers from my habitat crew as well as 5 members of the Clear Waters TU chapter who have committed to taking the class.  The instructor is willing to accommodate up to 35 students in the class.  Outside of our workdays, this is valuable training to have and, I would hope that others would take advantage of this opportunity.  The class will begin at 9:00 and end sometime around 4:00 with lunch provided.  Please let me know via email randyca999@gmail.com if you would like to participate in this class.  I hope to begin winter habitat work as soon as there is any snow cover on the ground but, this training needs to happen first. — Randy Arnold

Fishing Clinic Volunteers: A Big Thank You!

The River Falls Fly Fishing For Trout Clinic is scheduled for June 3rd, from 1:00 to 9:00 PM. Our students will get a phenomenal introduction to this wonderful sport and will experience everything from casting and knot tying, to entomology, wading safety and fishing strategy. About 5:00 PM we’ll take a break for supper (yes, we supply supper) and get a little instruction on the importance of coldwater streams and
their ecology.

River Falls Parks and Recreation is charging the students $20 for the privilege of taking this class. Our chapter is accepting only $5 per student to helpallay the chapter’s cost for hosting this clinic. That allows Park and Rec to put the rest into their coffers.

The reason we’re able to strike a deal like this is because of the wonderful people in our chapter who volunteer to help out. Already we have 13 volunteers: Mitch Abbott, Sarah Sanford, Mike Colling, Benji Kohn, Herb Lundberg, Maria Manion, Scott Thorpe, Mark Peerenboom, Ron Kuehn, Kyle Amundson, Bill Hinton, Jim Kojis and Joe Schreifels.

If you’d like to join us in this endeavor, contact Brian Smolinski (brian@ lundsflyshop.com) or Michael Alwin (mikealwin@gmail.com).
~Mike Alwin

TIC Volunteers Needed

Bugs In The Classroom:

Dr. Dean Hansen has graciously offered to do Bugs in the Classroom again this year for the 5th graders, as the kids had an awesome
experience with it last year. We will need 3-4 volunteers to shuttle the kids through the various bug stations and the schedule is as follows:

May 3rd
• Rocky Branch Elementary in River Falls:
9-10 am
• Amery Intermediate School: 1-3 pm

May 4th
• Greenwood Elementary in River Falls:
10:30 am – Noon
• River Crest Elementary in Hudson:
1:30 – 3:40 pm

Trout Release Parties:

The two Amery schools do not need any assistance. Greenwood Elementary and Rocky Branch will release all their fish together. We need 3-4 volunteers to help collect bug samples from the Willow River and give casting demonstrations. Volunteers should bring waders (unless it is nice enough to wet wade) and a fly rod or two that you don’t mind allowing 5th graders to cast. The dates for release are:

May 16th
• Rocky Branch Elementary at Willow
River State Park / 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

June 1st (with June 2nd as a rainout day)
• River Crest Elementary at Willow River
State Park / 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

From The Field: May 2017

We’re a month out from our last tree/brush removal work on the Trimbelle. Nate Anderson, the WDNR trout crew leader, is hoping to move equipment on site and start the bank restoration work during the first week of May—provided that we don’t get a deluge of rain and that we get permission to begin earlier than the permit date. We’ll need some volunteers to build lunkers, seed and mulch. I’ll email for volunteers when needed.

Signs were recently installed at the Red Cabin site on the Kinni and the Trudeau access on the Trimbelle. These signs acknowledge the groups and organizations which provided funding or volunteer labor. Bluebird/tree swallow nest boxes were also installed at the Red Cabin site and, hopefully, have been adopted by some of our feathered friends.
~Randy Arnold

Rush River Cleanup 2017

Fairmount Santrol will be hosting a Rush River Cleanup again this year, and we would love for you to join us.  The date is Saturday, April 22.  We will be meeting at the Ellsworth Rod & Gun Club, as in years past.  We will meet at 8:30am to sign up for locations along the river and then disperse from there.  Lunch will be provided afterwards.  It would be helpful to have an idea of how many people will be staying for lunch so that I can ensure we have enough food.  Let me know if you would like to sign up to volunteer at this event.  Please feel free to share this information with others that I may have missed who would be interested in joining us, and let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks!



Lauren Evans
Sustainable Development Coordinator
P: 715.235.0942 x44216 |  M: 715.797.3396
Fairmount Santrol


Rush River/Fairmount Santrol Clean Up

When:  Saturday, 4/22
Where:  Meet at Ellsworth Rod and Gun Club off Hwy 72, east of Ellsworth
Start Time:  8:30 AM
Lunch Provided

Reminder:  Dress appropriately for the weather, bring work gloves and water proof footwear, hip boots or waders.  Have Fun!

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