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.


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

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