Thursday, 03 July 2008 15:08

President's Message July 2008

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As I wrote this, our skies were full of smoke from the more than 800 lightning-caused fires in Northern California last weekend. Our condolences to all who have suffered losses as a result of this terrible situation.

Prior to these fires, the Governor had declared a drought in California, and now the fires are destroying the vegetation that helps protect our streams and rivers from siltation and erosion. Many of our fisheries, which are already in trouble, will be additionally impacted by these conditions.

In surveys of our Chapter members, the majority indicated they joined TU because they want to support coldwater fisheries conservation efforts, and more than 75% indicated a willingness to actually roll up their sleeves and help with activities involving physical labor. Well, this will be a year when your help is needed more than ever. We already had several general restoration projects of our own planned and now we'll be looking to assist our partner organizations with emergency protection and restoration efforts they will be undertaking. We will notify you as soon as we become aware of dates and locations.

Please take the time to participate in as many of the projects as you can. Both the fish and the environment need you to care and help.

 

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