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Get more involved with your local chapter!  We need your help.  Restoring a historic fishery and our watersheds is a big job.  

Learn about your local salmonid fishery and our watershed's ecology at our volunteer events.

The more you know, the sooner we will restore the Redwood Empire's historic world class fisheries.

Eel River at Dos Rios. 

May 2014

Historic low flows are not good for Summer Steelhead migrating up the Middle Fork of the Eel.  The Middle Fork is at 25% of it's normal flow rate this May.  TU has a Climate Change Working Group addressing this important issue for cold water species nationally.



As the local chapter of the Trout Unlimited (TU), the Redwood Empire Chapter of Trout Unlimited (RETU), based in Santa Rosa, California, is focused on 4 primary goals for our local salmon and steelhead fisheries. 

That is to:


our North Coast cold water fisheries including the Russian River, the Petaluma River, and the Napa River.  We are watershed advocates on behalf of the tributaries of these rivers that serve as spawning and rearing habitat for Steelhead and Coho Salmon. We speak for the Chinook Salmon that spawn in the mainstem of our rivers.  We also watchdog the watershed health of our local streams such as Salmon Creek, Sonoma Creek, San Antonio Creek, and the Esteros.



We are dedicated to restoring healthy riparian habitats in all these waters so that our Chinook, Coho and Steelhead fisheries are once again thriving and in good condition.  We envision a restored run of 50,000 WILD Steelhead in the Russian River making it the world class sport fishing resource it was as recently as 1968.  It is a goal supported by Redwood Empire cities, Sonoma County and the State of California

Join us, won't you?

Contact our acting Chapter President, Rick Joergensen



Our 25 year old watershed education program, Steelhead in the Classroom is proud to report that on May 17, 2014 we

received the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Director's Acheivement Award

The Steelhead in the Classroom program is brought to you by

the Redwood Empire Chapter of  Trout Unlimited.

Read about the history of Steelhead in the Classroom in California here: 

Salmon in Schools History


An In-Service Teacher training is held on the second Saturday of January each year at the Warm Springs Visitor Center at Lake Sonoma for new teachers to the program.  An incubator building workshop is held in February for teachers who want to assemble their own aquarium incubator.  Contact Brian Hines, program coordinator for more information. or 707 575 3999.


See our Steelhead in the Classroom page for more information.

What is a Salmon Carcass Toss and why is it so much fun?


Attention TU Members:

Due to the high cost of print mailings we use primarily email to stay in touch with you. Please update your email address so we can keep you informed. The fastest and easiest way to do this is to call TU at 800-834-2419. You can also log in to the TU website,, and make changes to your Profile, or email You will need your member number at the website. You can also contact us at the email address above.


MAY General Meeting


Thursday May 29, 2014, Doors open: 6:30 PM, Program: 7:00 PM Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa

The Redwood Empire Chapter of Trout Unlimited is hosting a program concerning two critical issues facing us now:

><<<'>  Coho restoration on the North Coast

><<<'>  Water issues and the Drought

Door Prize!

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Come listen to what TU is doing to address these critical issues.

Anna Halligan, North Coast Coho Project Coordinator Anna has over 12 years of habitat conservation and restoration experience working in both Western North Carolina and Coastal California waterways. Her professional background has ranged from working on projects that focused on invasive species removal, restoring freshwater fisheries habitat, enhancing water quality and water conservation, and addressing storm-water runoff.


Mary Ann King, Stewardship Manager, California Water Program: Mary Ann is the Stewardship Manager for TU’s California Water Project. She is responsible for coordinating landowner participation and developing engagement in watersheds in which TU seeks to implement coordinated stream-flow management projects with landowners, farmers, ranchers, and water users. These efforts include Water and Wine and the Coastal Stream-flow Stewardship Project.