Trout Unlimited plans ‘party’ for Fraser River |

Trout Unlimited plans ‘party’ for Fraser River

Imagine the Fraser River Valley without a river running through it. Imagine the Fraser River without trout swimming in it. Imagine a way to ensure that we always have our rivers and our trout. The Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding “A Party for the River” on Saturday, July 18, an invitation to help them help the rivers.

TU will host its annual banquet at Gasthaus Eichler in Winter Park with cocktails beginning at 5:30 p.m., Silent Auction at 6 p.m., and dinner at 7:30 p.m. The $35 tickets can be purchased at Winter Park Optical in the Safeway Center, at Mo’ Henry’s on Hwy. 40 in Fraser, or by calling 726-5652.

Don’t think of this as a party just for fishermen – think of it as a party for people who care about our Grand County environment. The mission of Trout Unlimited is to conserve, protect, restore and enjoy our cold water fisheries and the watersheds upon which they depend, including the already endangered Upper Colorado and the Fraser River.

The banquet is supported by individuals and organizations who have an interest in conservation of our natural resources – half of last year’s banquet attendees didn’t even consider themselves fishermen.

Amazing silent and live auction items to interest both guys and gals will include fly rods, artwork, camping gear, fishing on private water, trips, books, wine, beer; and purchase of any item will go toward preserving the environment, water quality and recreation for generations to come.

Confronting the Moffat Firming Project and the Windy Gap Firming Project (attempts to divert water out of the Fraser River and Grand County) have been undertakings of local TU members, and 2009 will see the membership also focusing on Youth Fly Fishing, Adopt-A-River, River Clean Up and TU Youth Camp, which teaches both fly fishing and water conservation.

The Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited was chartered in 2004 and represents the Upper Colorado River in Grand County and all of its tributaries in this geographic area. In it’s five years, the chapter has focused on local education, outreach and fighting to protect our remaining stream flows. Colorado Trout Unlimited has recognized this local chapter with an education outreach award and the exemplary chapter award. National Trout Unlimited has given their distinguished service award to Board President Kirk Klancke.

Besides Klancke, board members are Vice-President Scott Linn, Treasurer Ron Nelson, and Will Arduino, Stan Meyer, Eric Pietz and Paul Hollrah.

So, help save the Fraser River by attending the banquet and supporting TU on July 18 . . . but your tickets now, as seating is limited.

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