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Guadalupe Chapter offers small restoration grants for PA chapters

Jun 29, 2017
The Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Texas is TU’s largest chapter, representing almost 5,400 Texans with an interest in conserving, protecting and restoring North America's

The Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Texas is TU’s largest chapter, representing almost 5,400 Texans with an interest in conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s coldwater fisheries.  Founded in 1971, GRTU is the primary steward of the Guadalupe River in Central Texas, the nation’s southernmost trout fishery.  Over the past 45 years, GRTU members have built a tailrace trout fishery on the Guadalupe River that was recently named as one of the Top 100 trout fisheries in the US.

However, the unique nature of the Guadalupe River and the other rivers throughout Texas provide GRTU members with few opportunities for traditional “rolling rocks” type coldwater conservation projects.  In addition, many of our members joined TU not only because of their interest in the Guadalupe River, but also because of their interest in seeing the coldwater fisheries throughout the US that they visit and fish during the summer months preserved for themselves and future generations to enjoy.  Therefore, GRTU maintains an interest in coldwater fisheries both locally and nationally.

In the fall of 2005, in response its initial Chapter Effectiveness self-evaluation, the Board of Directors of GRTU decided to establish the GRTU Coldwater Outreach Conservation Fund.  The purpose of this fund would be two-fold:

     1. To assist Trout Unlimited and other Trout Unlimited chapters with coldwater
         conservation projects that had available labor resources to perform the project,
         but needed funding for materials and other expenses.

     2. To get GRTU members involved with sponsoring, evaluating and funding
          coldwater conservation projects as both a conservation education and outreach
          activity.  The GRTU COC Fund provides a framework for GRTU donations and
          funding activities for projects beyond the Guadalupe River.

The GRTU COC Fund began accepting applications for conservation project funding in the spring of 2006. The GRTU COC Fund intends to provide several $1,000 to $3,000 funding grants on an annual basis.

For GRTU Coldwater Outreach Conservation Fund policies and procedures, along with detailed instructions for applying for a GRTU COC Fund grant, click here..