Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited is a national organization with more than 150,000 volunteers organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation professionals ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration work at the local, state and national levels.

Trout Unlimited has been a Brainerd Foundation grantee since 2000.

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Old growth Port Orford cedar trees in the Copper-Salmon Wilderness in southwestern Oregon. Photo courtesy of Tim Palmer.

Trout Unlimited Grant history


$110,000 - A two-year grant to launch a model Northwest pilot program to empower TU’s grassroots base and link those voices with state and national conservation advocacy. Conservation capacity


$3,000 - To send the director of the Sportsmen's Conservation Project to a training in leadership and management skills. Opportunity fund


$20,000 - To protect instream flows in Montana's Ruby and Jefferson Rivers. Place-based conservation


$75,000 - To create the Upper Deschutes Home Rivers Initiative to protect, reconnect, restore and sustain the quality of the upper Deschutes River and its tributaries. Place-based conservation


$100,000 - A two-year grant to engage new spokespeople commending the conservation of western public lands. Conservation capacity


$50,000 - To engage the group's membership and the broader hunting and fishing community in efforts to protect important fish and wildlife habitat from inappropriate energy and hardrock mining development on public lands. Conservation capacity


$25,000 - To engage TU's membership and the broader hunting and fishing community in protecting important fish and wildlife habitat from inappropriate energy development on public lands in the lower 48 states. Place-based conservation


$18,000 - To critique federal studies on the feasibility of decommissioning the four lower Snake River dams as an option for salmon recovery in the Snake River system. Place-based conservation

Trout Unlimited Successes

North Fork Watershed Protection Act signed into law

In December 2014, the North Fork Watershed Protection Act was approved by the U.S. Senate and sent to President Obama for his signature. The legislation designates 245,000 new acres of Wilderness and shields 430,000 acres along the North Fork of the Flathead River near Glacier National Park in Montana from future mining and drilling. This legislation complements actions taken by the B.C. provincial government to protect lands in the Canadian portion of the Flathead River from energy development. Brainerd grantees supporting this legislation included Headwaters Montana, National Parks Conservation Association, and Trout Unlimited.