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

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.


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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