The Drift April 2017

Welcome to the Drift   | A message from our Chapter President

Every month we’ll be posting current information as it relates to our chapter from a local, regional, and national perspective. If there are items that you would like discussed or particular questions relating to our chapter, please contact me.

Regards,

Tom Schnadt
President, Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Winter Habitat Work:

On March 15th the book closed on winter brushing on the Trimbelle/Holst easement. Approximately 800 volunteer hours were logged this year. During most workdays there were 10-20 folks on site, cutting brush, hauling brush and burning brush. It seemed to me that the volunteers easily formed work crews to make the job easier; some started fires, some tended fires, some hauled brush and others cut box elders. For those who stayed for lunch, friendly camaraderie, hot dogs and rolls were enjoyed around the fire. At the center of this beehive of activity was Randy Arnold. He guided the troops through chainsaw training, set up the workdays, felled the toughest trees, and provided the lunch supplies. Thanks to all the volunteers and to Randy Arnold for his dedicated effort.

Hap Lutter Memorial Spring Appeal:

Spring Appeal letters were mailed in March. Please remember that donations to the Spring Appeal are an important source of funding and support Kiap’s efforts in habitat restoration, education, stream monitoring and advocacy. Please give generously.

Mowing:

The last issue of RipRap noted that the traditional summer mowing program was in jeopardy. Good news, Nate Anderson with the WDNR has reserved the tractor and mower and will be mowing the traditional easements on the South Fork of the Kinni, Cady Creek, Trimbelle and other locations this summer.

River Falls Fly Fishing Film Festival:

The March 3rd event featured a wide variety of fly fishing experiences and gave Kiap a chance to share TU’s conservation message with a younger crowd. Thanks to Gary Horvath and John Kaplan for staffing the booth.

Election of Board Members:

At the March chapter meeting John Carlson and Maria Manion were reelected to the board. Perry Palin was newly elected to the board. Thanks to Tom Henderson who retired from the board. He was a tireless worker for TU; he served as president and treasurer, championed numerous habitat projects, and always provided wise counsel on matters of policy or protocol.

~Tom Schnadt

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Welcome to the Drift   | A message from our Chapter President

Every month we’ll be posting current information as it relates to our chapter from a local, regional, and national perspective. If there are items that you would like discussed or particular questions relating to our chapter, please contact me.

Regards,

Tom Schnadt
President, Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Wisconsin State Council Meeting:

Legislative Chair, Henry Koltz, offered insightful discussion on important conservation issues that will be addressed at the legislature this session. In brief:
• efforts to split the DNR don’t appear to have legislative support
• there appears to be growing support for periodic review of high capacity wells
• there doesn’t seem to be interest in additional sale of Wisconsin state land
• there is general agreement to ban net pen aquaculture on the Great Lakes
• there is general agreement by sportsman’s groups for a $5.00 fee increase on user fees such
as the trout stamp. The fee increase is designed to provide funding for habitat programs.

Advocacy Training:

As an outgrowth of the challenging political environment, the River Alliance, in tandem with Wisconsin TU, offered advocacy training at the WIisconsin Council Meeting. Randy Arnold, Gary Horvath, Scott Wagner and myself participated. The training provided an easy-to follow template on how to effectively engage public officials. If advocacy is of interest to you, please contact any Kiap board member to learn more. As an aside, I was surprised to learn how attuned public office holders are to constituents that contact them via phone, letter, e-mail or in person. Your efforts are noted and do influence legislators’ stance on conservation issues.

Wisconsin Banquet Awards:

Greg Dietl , long time Kiap member, received a certificate of appreciation for his many years of service to Trout Unlimited. Marty Engel, recently retired WDNR fish biologist, received the Robert Hunt Resource Professional award for over 30 years of conservation work.

Mowing:

Recent staffing issues with the WDNR may force them to skip or reduce their summer mowing program in 2017. Kiap’s board is working with the WDNR to figure out how to continue this popular program.

Great Waters Expo 3/17-3/19:

Please consider signing up to staff Kiap’s booth at the Expo. It is a good time and great way to meet fellow trout anglers. Time slots are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I can be reached via e-mail, thschnad@hotmail.com or cell, 651-245-5163. ~Tom Schnadt

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Welcome to the Drift   | A message from our Chapter President

Every month we’ll be posting current information as it relates to our chapter from a local, regional, and national perspective. If there are items that you would like discussed or particular questions relating to our chapter, please contact me.

Regards,

Tom Schnadt
President, Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter of Trout Unlimited

 

Chainsaw Training:  Faced with the challenge of meeting new chainsaw training certification for volunteers working on habitat projects, Randy Arnold  with an assist from Nate Anderson with the WDNR setup a training session Saturday, 1/14.  Mike and Suzie Holst agreed to host the training.  Their heated maintenance garage served as the indoor classroom and their easement along the Trimbelle for the field training.  Kudos to Randy for addressing this challenge in a thoughtful ,direct manner  and getting Kiap members certified for future habitat work.

Holiday Conservation Banquet:  There are a few E-bay sales outstanding, but it is safe to say that the banquet will net over $10,000.  One of the reasons for the success was the popularity of the pre-banquet raffle sales for the the Norling bamboo rod as well as the generous donations of premium rods and other gear by Kiap members.  The committee was disappointed to learn that some guests were disappointed in their meals.  We’ve had extensive conversations with the Lake Elmo Inn and are convinced that won’t be an issue next year.  Next year’s banquet is set for Thursday, December 7th.

Habitat Project Work:  This year’s major project is the Trimbelle Holst easement.  Funding for this project is provided by NRCS and expires in 2017.  Gary Horvath is engaged in grant writing for the Parker Creek culvert project in Alden Township.  Depending on our success in funding this project it may happen in 2017.  Loren Haas is active in grant writing for the Trimbelle Gutting easement which is targeted for 2018.  Kiap has budgeted funding for the Parker Creek project and Gutting easement.

WITU Youth Camp Scholarship:  The fourth annual Youth Fishing Camp will be Thursday, 7/20 to Sunday, 7/23.  The location will be at the Pine Lake Bible Camp near Waupaca.  The camp is open to youth ages 12-16 and teaches skills for fresh water fishing, sportsmanship and conservation.  Kiap sponsors one youth each year to the camp.  The next issue of RipRap will detail how to apply for the scholarship. So please share with girls and boys that you think would be interested in learning how to fish.  Reviews of the program from past participants, Joel Duncan and Grady McAbee have been very positive.

Great Waters Expo: 3/17 to 3/19:  The new location for the Expo is Hamline University.  We need volunteers to staff Kiap’s booth.  This is a fun activity and a great way for new Kiap members to get involved.  If you’re interested to staffing the booth, please contact me by e-mail, thschnad@hotamil.com or by phone, 651-245-5163.

Upcoming Events:

·      Kiap On Tap  |  Rush River Brewery 990 Antler Ct, River Falls, WIWednesday, February 1st 6:30-8:30PM

WI TU State Banquet   Best Western Waterfront Hotel,      Oshkosh, WI  Saturday, February 4th 4:30-9:00PM

March Chapter Business Meeting Junior’s Bar & Restaurant Wednesday,  March 1st  Board member election
Nate Anderson  talks about upcoming habitat projects

 

River Falls Fly Fish Film FestivalUWRF UniversityFriday, March 3rdDoors open at 5:00PMThe show starts at 7:00PMTickets are $15, available at Lund’s Fly Shop

Kiap-TU-Wish will have a booth in the concourse

Great Waters Expo

Hamline UniversityMarch 17th- 19thCheck website for hoursgreatwatersfly expo.com Kiap-TU-Wish will have a booth Booth volunteers needed

April Chapter MeetingJunior’s Bar &RestaurantApril 5thFly Tying demonstrations

 

May Chapter Meeting

Junior’s Bar &RestaurantMay 5th Speaker Heath Benike, WDNR Fisheries Supervisor

 

 

 

 

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State Council Banquet:

The State Council banquet is in Oshkosh on Saturday, February 4th. The ticket price will remain the same — $35. Anyone buying tickets before December 31st will receive free bucket raffle tickets to be used at the event. What a coincidence, I actually have ten tickets for the state banquet! Please contact me if you’re interested in buying banquet tickets prior to December 31st to receive your free bucket raffle tickets.

Pheasants Forever Field Day:

Pheasants Forever sponsored a live bird hunt for youth on September 25th. They also included other outdoor activities and conservation groups at the event. Kiap-TU-Wish set up our conservation booth, demonstrated fly tying and gave hands-on fly casting lessons. Thirty boys and eleven girls participated. The event was well done and we’re going to discuss expanding our participation next year.
Thanks to Randy Arnold, Laurie Ashworth, John Kaplan and Dan Wilcox for their help.

Pine Creek Seeding and Mulching:

Nate Anderson and the WDNR crew reinforced the headwaters of Pine Creek with rock donated by Fairmount Santrol. On September 29th Randy Arnold organized seeding and mulching on the site. Kudos to Ken Hanson, Leif Grina and Laurie Ashworth for their help.

 

Parker Creek Culvert ProjectAmery Chapter Meeting:

WDNR‘s Michelle Carlisle and Kiap’s John Carlson did a great job at the Amery meeting. Michelle talked about the Western Prairie
Habitat Restoration Area which is designed to expand grasslands in order to provide better bird habitat. John did a good job of explaining the Parker Creek culvert project.

2016-banquet-header

Holiday Conservation Banquet:
December 8th

Please take the time to read RipRap’s article about the upcoming banquet. The committee is working hard to put on a first-class event. Revenue from the banquet is a critical component of Kiap’s budget and supports habitat restoration work, educational programs and Kiap’s advocacy efforts. If you can’t attend the banquet consider buying a Norling bamboo rod raffle ticket.

When & Where:

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Time: Doors will open at 5:30 PM
Place: The Lake Elmo Inn Event Center, 3712 Layton Ave North, Lake Elmo, MN
Cost: $49.00 per person
For the very first time, Kiap-TU-Wish will accept cash, check, or VISA/MC credit or debit cards!!! (Pay at the door.)

NOTE: Copies of RIP-Rap are available at Lund’s fly shop in River Falls.

 

Welcome to the Drift   | A message from our Chapter President

Every month we’ll be posting current information as it relates to our chapter from a local, regional, and national perspective. If there are items that you would like discussed or particular questions relating to our chapter, please contact me.

Regards,

Tom Schnadt
President, Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter of Trout Unlimited

THE DRIFT

Welcome to the Drift   | A message from our Chapter President

Every month we’ll be posting current information as it relates to our chapter from a local, regional, and national perspective. If there are items that you would like discussed or particular questions relating to our chapter, please contact me.

Regards,

Tom Schnadt
President, Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter of Trout Unlimited

TU YouthWisconsin TU Youth Fishing Camp:

We’re pleased to announce that Grady McAbee was selected to be Kiap’s representative at this year’s TU Youth Fishing Camp. As part of Kiap’s application and selection process, Grady submitted an excellent essay that highlighted his many outdoor interests. Grady is 13 years old and lives in Woodville, Wisconsin. He will be joined at camp by Joseph Duncan. Joseph was last year’s Kiap camper and is participating this year as a youth mentor. Congratulations to both boys. We can’t wait to hear their fishing stories.

Red Cabin 2-lowRed Cabin Project:

Randy Arnold reports that the Red Cabin is the first scheduled project of the year for the WDNR. If the dry weather holds out work could start as early as the first week in May. Keep alert for volunteer announcements to mulch and seed.

Trout-In-the-Classroom-4Trout in the Classroom:

Kiap’s TIC program in Hudson is looking for volunteers to assist Dean Hanson with his Bug in the Classroom teaching unit and their eventual trout release. See Greg Olson’s TIC Trout Alert for details. I guarantee that helping Dean on May 9th or the scheduled release on May 24th will be an enriching and fun activity. No experience is necessary, just an interest in kids and education. Contact Greg at Greg.Olson@diasorin.com.

Great Waters Expo:

Seems like a long time ago, but thanks to the volunteers that staffed the Kiap-TU-Wish booth. They include Jack Ellingboe, Trish Hannah, Loren Haas, Jeff Himes, Mike Alwin, Greg Dietl, Ken Hanson, Randy Arnold, Jim Kojis and Mike McBain. Attendance was very good at the show. Paul Johnson’s flies were a big hit and added $300 to the chapter’s coffers

Fairmount Santrol:

We were saddened to learn about the April 14th layoff of 55 workers at Fairmount’s Wisconsin operations in Hager City, Maiden Rock, and Menomonie. Fairmount is going to do everything necessary to maintain these sites so they meet the requirements of their permits, and will ensure the company’s continued commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

In the past two years alone, Fairmount employees have provided approximately 600 volunteer hours to TU projects. Fairmont has also been a steady financial contributor to Kiap’s habitat efforts. Since 2009, they’ve contributed more than $85,000 towards Kiap-TU-Wish stream restoration projects and despite their current challenges, continue to provide that support. Kiap-TU-Wish just received a $10,000 commitment from Fairmount for future stream restoration work.

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Welcome to the Drift   | A message from our Chapter President

Every month we’ll be posting current information as it relates to our chapter from a local, regional, and national perspective. If there are items that you would like discussed or particular questions relating to our chapter, please contact me.

Regards,

Tom Schnadt
President, Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Stream Restoration

We may do as many as three projects this year. Rock is already being delivered to the Trudeau property on the Trimbelle, below our 2013 and 2014 work but above the blue “God Bless America” barn. Financing is not completely secured for the entire stretch down to the highway 65 bridge.

Tree cutting, brushing, and burning is nearly complete at the site on the upper Kinni. The location is due south of the Roberts exit from I 94 at the North River Road bridge.

Finally, planning has begun for a possible replacement of a perched culvert on a creek SW of Amery in Polk county.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Randy Arnold sends out notices via e-mail when work days are scheduled.  Only those who have indicated an interest are on the list…..so let him know if you wish to be added to the list.

Last meetings:  

44 people attended on Jan 7.55 attended on Feb 4 at Junior’s in the Best Western in River Falls. 42 attended on March 4.

Education and Outreach:

The “Trout in the Classroom” activity is well under way in North Hudson.The tank, temperature control equipment, etc have been purchased.  The fish eggs have hatched. The entire student body seems excited, not just the fifth graders.

Proposed Wisconsin DNR Rule Changes: 

Trout fishing rules may change. Marty Engel talked about proposals at the May meeting, and public meetings have been held.  The proposed changes may be considered to be in two categories: seasons and limits.

Seasons:  

Early catch-and-release in Wisconsin would start January 1 and extend to the regular season opener with no 5-day gap. The regular season would also extend until October 15. Limits: very little change would occur in our counties (Pierce, St Croix, and Polk), but there would be some changes on some streams. Some of these proposed changes would recognize that there has been little or no benefit in trying to protect brook trout over browns in this area. There will be voting at the conservation congress in the spring.It is important that TU members attend and vote to express their wishes.Past congresses have been dominated by people who are more interested in hunting than trout fishing, but vote on trout issues anyway.

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