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@ or Michael Alwin (
~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!

Kinni River Clean-up April 29th

Save the Date!

2017 KinniRiverCleanUp

Your participation is needed for the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust’s 23rd annual KinniRiverCleanUp on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm! Last year 140 volunteers showed that they care about the beauty and health of the Kinnickinnic River, and we hope you will be part of an even larger turnout this year. Details and registration information will be forthcoming shortly.

See the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust  website for details:

UPDATE Feb 21, 2017


Last night at the board meeting we talked a little about the potential for some volunteer involvement on habitat projects up in Polk County.  The trout streams in this area are under the jurisdiction of Aaron Cole, fisheries biologist with the DNR based out of Spooner.  The trout crew working in that region will be doing some habitat improvement work on Wolf Creek this summer and may have need for volunteer help to complete the work.

Another possible chance for volunteer involvement could involve work at Parker Creek in Alden Township south of Amery where we are working  with the county and township to bring about the replacement of a perched culvert on the creek which is preventing the natural migration of brook trout within the stream.  Individuals living in Polk County who are interested in getting involved by volunteering to help with these habitat projects in their backyard are encouraged to contact me to get their names included on the Mail Chimp routing list in order to receive any notices requesting volunteers to help with these projects.

Weather permitting, I hope to continue work upstream of the current Holst easement by clearing out box elders which are currently taking over the banks just downstream of the bridge on Cty Rd. O on the Buckner/Rooney easement.   There are no plans to do bank restoration work here and trees will be cut close to the ground and the stumps will be treated to prevent re-sprouting.  Lack of snow cover will probably prohibit us from doing any more brush burning this spring but, we will be able to pile the brush in neat piles for burning at a future date.

Randy Arnold

BRUSHING REPORT Feb 18 2017, Trimbelle River

There was a great turnout Saturday February 18th with 25 people signing into the log book to register their time. The work got a little more spread out than it has in past weeks with brushing work occurring on three different banks but everyone did a great job in staying focused and finishing up the work which needed to get done. There remains just a little bit of ‘mop-up’ work to be done at the bottom end of the site on the far bank where a little more brush needs to get gathered up and burned.

Randy Arnold, our Habitat Coordinator, is hoping that this early spring like weather will hold off for a little longer and allow for the brushing work to continue on the next easement just upstream of this site. Watch for an upcoming email asking for volunteer help on this. Two items were left behind yesterday at the site which Randy has. The first is a nice deluxe lopper with extendable handles and a ratchet type jaw and the other is someone’s water bottle. . . if either of these items are yours, please let Randy know and he will see that you get them back.

Randy reported that before leaving the site yesterday, he stopped briefly to talk with Mike and Susie Holst the landowners of the easement. . . . they have been continually amazed through these past four workdays by the volunteer turnout and the hard work put in by everyone to get this site prepped for the restoration work which lies ahead this summer. Thanks to all volunteers.

To be included in work day notices, email Randy Arnold at

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