The Drift Mar 2018

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

Opportunity:

A family situation pulled Maria away from composing our traditional RipRap newsletter.  We’ve relied too often and too heavily on Maria’s good nature and strong work ethic for publishing this well-received newsletter.  A lot of us are going to have to develop some new skills and muscles in getting the March issue out.  If you have thoughts or comments on the new format, please share them  at Kiaptuwish@hotmail.com.

Wilson Creek Brushing:

Thanks to all of the folks that helped out on Wilson Creek.  Conditions were downright nasty with some work day temperatures in the low single digits.  With Randy’s leadership, we got the job done and prepared the site for Nate Anderson and the DNR crew.  Jim Erickson, Clearwater’s Vice President, went out of his way to thank me at the recent WI Council meeting for helping the Clearwater Chapter on this project.  Hopefully, Kiap chapter members will get out there this summer and do some hopper fishing on Wilson Creek.

Wisconsin Banquet Awards:

Two Kiap-TU-Wish chapter members, Jon Jacobs and Judy Lutter, received Certificates of Appreciation awards at February’s banquet.   Jon is a long-time chapter member and past president and has remained active writing for RipRap and doing the chapter meeting introductions.  Judy Lutter is active with the chapter newsletter and coordinates Kiap’s successful Spring Appeal, continuing the work started by her late husband, Hap Lutter.   Judy was not able to attend, but this past year’s youth camper, Anna Kuehn is pictured accepting Judy’s award.

 

Great Waters Expo  3/16-3/18:

Please consider signing up to staff Kiap’s booth at the Expo.  It is a good time and a 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.

Thank You:

My role as chapter president will end at our upcoming March board meeting.  I’ve enjoyed serving on the Kiap board and my tenure as chapter president.  The best part has been working with so many wonderful people and learning more about stream conservation. I look forward to a new role as an ex-officio board member.   Tom Schnadt

The Drift Feb 2018

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

Great Waters Expo:

The Expo will be held at Hamline University on March 16th – March 18th. There are several improvements planned this year: 25% more booth space, a 75’ pool for spey and roll casting demonstrations, and improved free parking on campus. We need volunteers to staff Kiap’s conservation booth, which is a fun activity and a great way for Kiap-TU-Wish members to get involved. No experience required! If you’re interested in staffing the booth, please contact me: thschnad@hotmail.com or 651-245-5163.

Wilson Creek:

Kudos to all of the hearty souls that have been brushing and burning on Wilson Creek. Subzero temperatures have not deterred volunteers from getting out and helping with this project. A big thanks to Randy Arnold, Loreen Haas, Steve Cox, John Skelton and Peter Kilibarda who dedicated extra time during the week to get fire pyramids prepared for the weekend work. The reward for this effort—beyond the camaraderie around the lunch fire and roasted hotdogs—will be fishing this fine stretch of stream for brookies sometime in the future.

River Falls Dam Position Statement:

On January 8th the Kiap-TU-Wish Board of Directors sent a letter to the Kinni Corridor Project Committee outlining the chapter’s position on the benefits of removing both the Powell Falls Dam and the Junction Falls Dam. A detailed appendix was included outlining the ecological benefits of removing the Kinnickinnic River dams. Members can read the position statement by clicking here. There is one final Kinni Corridor Committee meeting scheduled for January 25th. The Committee’s recommendation goes to the City Council on February 25th and then the Council takes action on the 27th. Watch for more information by email, Facebook and our website.

The Drift Jan 2018

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

Holiday Conservation Banquet:

By all accounts the conservation banquet was a rousing success. The event was sold out with 120 guests. The food and atmosphere were great, as was the guest speaker, Dean Hansen, who talked about insect life in a stream. Dean teaches the Bugs in the Classroom course which has been a key component of Trout-in-the-Classroom. Dean received the Silver Trout award for his efforts and commitment. Thanks to the banquet committee (Deb Alwin, Mike Alwin, Scott Wagner, Allison Jacobs, Greg Dietl and Bob Diesch) for organizing this important fundraiser. A big thanks to all of the Kiap folks that worked at the banquet and our generous membership and local businesses that donated bucket raffle and silent auction items.

Baldwin Fish Biologist:

Just after Thanksgiving Heath Benike, WDNR Fisheries Supervisor, shared the news that Kasey Seibert has been hired to fill Marty Engel’s fish biologist position. Kasey has a BS degree from SE Missouri State University and a graduate degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Her work history includes research on large river fish populations in the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. She’s also worked in fisheries management for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as a lead fisheries technician working with westslope cutthroat trout, bull trout, kokanee and warm-water fish populations in the panhandle region’s lakes and rivers. Kasey starts January 9th.

Pierce County Land and Conservation Department (LCD):

Rod Web, Director of the LCD, hosted a joint planning meeting with the WDNR and Kiap-TU-Wish. Based on the information shared at the meeting, upcoming project work is likely the Trimbelle/Gutting project in 2018, and Plum Creek-Brunner Creek/Von Hutom in 2019-2020. At this moment we’re waiting for the final Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) cost sharing information and approval before starting the Trimbelle/ Gutting project.

Natural Resources Foundation (NRF) Field Trip:

Based on Dan Wilcox’s article in the River Falls Journal about the University of River Falls class tours of the stream restoration work on the Trimbelle, NRF representative Lauren Koshere contacted Kiap-TU-Wish about hosting a field trip this summer. Chapter board member Perry Palin had positive past experiences with NRF tours and volunteered to work with Michelle Milford, NRF Outreach Coordinator, to set up a stream restoration tour this summer in Pierce County. The tour will be featured in NRF’s 2018 catalog. This is an exciting opportunity to showcase coldwater stream restoration to a broader audience interested in local conservation work.

 

The Drift Dec 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
Holiday Conservation Banquet:
Kiap’s Conservation Banquet is rapidly approaching. The date is Thursday, December 7. Seating is limited to 120 guests. Please make your reservation now for this important fundraising and fun social event. If you can’t attend we have a limited number of raffle tickets available—a $20 Norling bamboo rod ticket or a $10 Yeti 65-gallon cooler ticket. If you’d like to buy one (or more!) contact Tom Schnadt by e-mail at thschnad@hotmail.com.
University of Wisconsin River Falls Field Trip:
A second UWRF class toured the Trimbelle/Holst project site this fall. Twenty-eight students from Eric Sanden’s Foundations of Ecological Restoration class viewed the project on October 17. Mark Biel, Pierce County District Conservationist, explained how Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funding helped pay for the project and how this program is valuable in supporting soil and water conservation. Nate Anderson with the WDNR explained the specific features of the project and how they improve the stream habitat. I shared TU’s mission to protect, reconnect and restore our local coldwater fisheries. At least half of the students added their names to Kiap’s volunteer list.
Year-end TU report:
Each year every TU chapter submits a year-end report. Some of the highlights of Kiap’s 2016-2017 report include over 4,000 volunteer hours logged, 2 projects, 13 educational programs, 5 outreach events and over 400 student contacts. Thanks to all Kiap-TU-Wish volunteers for all you do to support our chapter activities.
2018 Wisconsin TU State Banquet:
The state banquet is Saturday, February 3. I have a limited number of tickets. Banquet tickets purchased prior to December 31 include ten (free) raffle tickets. Contact me to buy banquet tickets either by phone 651-245-5163 or by email at thschnad@hotmail.com.

The Drift Nov 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

Dave Ford Award: On October 17, Kiap-TU-Wish member Kent Johnson was a corecipient of the Dave Ford Award. This award is presented annually at the Minnesota Water Resources Conference. This recognition is for Kent’s 37 years of work dedicated to monitoring and managing rivers, streams and lakes. The award honors individuals who have made a significant career contribution to water resources in the State of Minnesota.

Conservation Banquet: If you have any lightly-used rods and reels that you no
longer use, I would appreciate you donating them to our Conservation Banquet held
on December 7. Rods and reels are always popular auction and raffle items, and their
sales help support Kiap’s conservation mission. They can be dropped off at Lund’s in
River Falls, Bob Mitchell’s in St. Paul and Mend Provisions in Minneapolis.

Wisconsin State Council Trout Unlimited Banquet: I have a limited number of tickets to the February 3rd state banquet at the Best Western Waterfront Hotel in Oshkosh. Tickets are $35.00 each. Tickets purchased prior to December 31 come with ten banquet raffle tickets. Contact me to buy tickets: 651-245-5163 or via e-mail at thschnad@hotmail.com.

UWRF Aquatic Restoration Class: Kevyn Juneau’s class toured the Trimbelle-Spring Creek/Holst easement on September 21. Mike Holst explained why he wanted to do the project; Jeffry Kitelinger with Pierce County explained parameters for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funding; Randy Arnold explained the part that Kiap-TU-Wish volunteers played in the project; Nate Anderson with the WDNR shared information on the types of structures and features built into the restored stream; Dan Wilcox provided insight on how and why prairie and pollinator species were added to the riparian zone; and Barb Scott with the WDNR explained how electrofishing surveys help verify the success of restored stream segments. — Tom Schnadt

The Drift May 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

Great Waters Expo:

Comments from the Great Waters Expo at Hamline University were positive. The additional space for casting demos was a plus. The chapter sold over $600 in flies thanks to the generosity of Paul Johnson and PerryPalin. It was gratifying to have so many trout enthusiasts stop by the booth and thank the chapter for its habitat restoration work. Thanks to Ken Hanson, Jim Kojis, Mark Stofferahn, Trish Hannah, Gary Richardson, Perry Palin, Norm Michel, Jon Jacobs, Greg Dietl, Scott Wagner, John Kaplan, Randy Arnold, Ryan Meyers and Perry Palin for helping staff
the booth. Also, thanks to Maria Manionfor updating the booth with Trout in the
Classroom photos.

Education:

In addition to this spring’s TIC activities, Kiap will be participating in educational classes and demonstrations at the Ellsworth Middle
School near Maiden Rock on Friday, May 5th; at Meyer Middle School on Friday, May 12th; and at Greenwood Elementary School on Wednesday, May 17th. If you’re interested in helping out with these activities or upcoming TIC classes contact me at thschnad@hotmail.com or my cell#: 651-245-5163. Your help is always appreciated

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The Economic Impact of Trout Angling in the Driftless Area:

The just released survey was conducted by Donna Anderson, Ph.D., a private consultant at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. The survey contained questions developed in collaboration with TU pertaining to the following:
• Demographic characteristics of visiting anglers
• Angler habits, including number of visits and length of time spent visiting the Driftless Area, and fishing activity preferences
• Visit-related expenditures within the Driftless Area
One of the conclusions of the report is that “The direct spending by visiting anglers, government agencies, and non-government organizations adds well over $413 million to the Driftless Area economy each year. The secondary and ripple effects of the spending
results in an additional estimated amount of over $670 million added to the Driftless Area economy each year.” The survey summary is available on Kiap’s website here.

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