It’s that time of year again. . .
Saturday May 17, 2014 the Flathead Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold our Annual Fundraising Banquet and Auction at Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Montana. A no-host social hour will begin at 6pm and dinner will be at 7:30pm. Tickets are $40 and include dinner and a chance to win one of the fabulous door prizes. There will be excellent Silent and Live Auction items as well as great door prizes and raffles. Our Grand Prize this year will be an NRS “Otter”, full-wrap, self-bailing, raft package that includes rowing frame, oar locks and oars and many great extras.
This is our main fundraising event of the year and we need your help to continue current and future projects to protect our native species, to restore easily accessible family-friendly fishing opportunities in the Flathead, and to fight against degradation of habitat essential to our native fish and fisheries. What better way to invest in your kid’s and grandkids’ present and future fishing opportunities than to support coldwater conservation work in the Flathead. The best way you can help is to attend the banquet, buy raffle tickets for the NRS raft, and take part in the live and silent auctions as well as the many raffles available throughout the evening. This year’s Grand Raffle Prize is a 14-foot, full-wrap, self-bailing NRS Raft with rowing frame and oars. You do not need to be present at the banquet to win the raft. Tickets for the banquet are $40. Tickets for the raft package are $3, 2 for $5, 5 for $12, or 12 for $20. If you need information on banquet tickets or raffle tickets, please call Dan Short at 250-5064, Chris Schustrom at 260-1198. This is the BIG social event of the season and we hope to see you all there.
We Know Women Fly Fish…
That’s why Trout Unlimited is offering a free introductory membership for female anglers. For the next year, you’ll receive all the benefits of a paid membership. You’ll also receive a less tangible benefit, the pleasure of knowing you’re part of a growing community of women who enjoy angling and want to keep America’s rivers cold, clean and fishable. Together, we can make our trout and salmon fisheries healthier, for us and the next generation. Join us in this important work. This offer is available to new members only. Not applicable for existing members.
https://gifts.tumembership.org/women Benefits include a subscription to Trout Magazine, a copy of the TU calendar, membership to the Flathead Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited with over 350 members, and timely information on conservation topics of interest. For more information, contact Flathead TU Chapter President Larry Timchak: email@example.com 406-250-7473
Flathead Valley Trout Unlimited is currently supporting the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in their effort to reduce the overabundant population of lake trout in Flathead Lake in order to benefit native fish species and enhance the fishery in the Flathead River system. The CSKT published a final Environmental Impact Statement on their plan to suppress the lake trout population in Flathead Lake using a variety of methods and strategies that support the Co-Management plan developed by CSKT and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Press Release: CSKT Tribal Council Recommends a Preferred Alternative
For more information on the plight of our native fish, read Facts About Flathead Lake and the NEPA Process
Glacier National Park
In addition to efforts at Flathead Lake, other projects throughout the basin are addressing the problem of invasive nonnative fish. In Glacier National Park, lake trout have invaded nine of twelve lakes on the west side of the park and have placed important native fish populations at risk. In several of the infested lakes, the native bull trout populations are in imminent danger of extinction.
The Park Service is charged with protecting native species in our national parks for the enjoyment of future generations.
“It’s a huge ecological health issue,” said Clint Muhlfeld, a Glacier-based fisheries scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “A lot of the populations are functionally extinct in the park right now.”
Glacier National Park has taken on the large job of protecting and restoring its remaining native fish populations. In 2009, they began a project of gillnetting lake trout in Quartz Lake and recently released a plan to add a restoration effort on Logging Lake. Flathead Valley Trout Unlimited is fully supportive of this effort. Follow the links below for more information on these and other projects by the National Park Service to protect the genetic integrity of our native species.
Char Wars MSU scientists wade into fight against invasive lake trout in Montana’s national parks Large-Scale Removal of Lake Trout in Quartz Lake - Environmental Assessment Environmental Assessment for Continued Lake Trout Suppression on Quartz Lake & Lake Trout Removal and Bull Trout Conservation in the Logging Lake Drainage