Green Bay Trout Unlimited Works

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Habitat Work Projects

Two crews meet in middle

Two Ninemile crews meet in middle

Trout streams are continually degraded by human and natural events. We work to optimize trout habitats by improving stream and watershed conditions. Trout habitat work projects are fundamental to our works which are routinely every 3rd Saturday of the month throughout the summer.

Our work project crews typically run about 16 folks and include several chapters of Trout Unlimited Northeast region as well as project leaders from government agencies.  Our crews accomplish physical stream improvements by brush and conifer bundling to narrow stream channels/increasing channel velocity, channel dredging, log placement, debris removal and comradery.

Don’t forget to check out Our Galleries of all our work projects from 2012 forward.

Visit our Habitat Work Projects page to learn about habitat projects, terminology and techniques.

Fundraising Banquet

Since 1975, our annual Fundraising Banquet is our main fundraiser for all projects, events and activities.  The banquet provides members and nonmembers an opportunity to enjoy a meal together while raising money.  The dedication of our banquet committee is inspiring and they guarantee a good time had by all.

All attendees will have chances to win numerous quality prizes via our door prizes, bucket and special raffles, silent and live auction and our 50/50 cash drawing.   Our banquets continue to set new benchmarks with innovative prizes ranging from collectors’ guns to unique wood carvings.

There is no kidding when they say the demand to attend our banquet every February in high so please gather up 7 folks you know and reserve your table of eight.  Visit the Banquet section in our Documents Page to get more details on the event.

Community Outreach

Dave helping sisters tie their first fly. Boring....

Dave helping sisters tie first fly

Green Bay Trout Unlimited (GBTU) members team up with Cabelas in Green Bay to hold fly tying and casting clinics at least 2 per calendar year.  This started in March 2014 and is a huge success.

We’ve had folks of all ages participate in learning how to tie their first fly and understanding more about our mission to conserve, protect, restore and reconnect cold water fisheries in Wisconsin and across the nation.

We are also developing new relationships with folks like Navarino Nature Center.

Please visit our GALLERIES to see all the photos.

Fly tying and casting clinics at local schools

In 2014 GBTU worked with the local educators at East DePere high school, Red Smith middle school and Southwest high school to help conduct conservation classes that focused on fly tying, casting and learning about entomology.

Each class averaged about 16 students so our hands were full moving from one young individual to another.  We tied many Packer wooly buggers, knots and untangled fly lines.

Kids’ Fishing Day

Jack, customer and Smallie

Jack, customer and Smallie

Green Bay Trout Unlimited, Brown County Social Services and the Izaak Walton League arrange for children to enjoy a day of fishing in a relaxing natural environment away from the stress of daily life.

Kids Fishing Day is held during the summer at the Izaak Walton League ponds off of Hwy GV in Greenbay.  We work in collaboration with the PALs program of Brown County.

My Healthy Stream

Our chapter is offering free classroom copies of the book “My Healthy Stream“, a Handbook for Stream side owners to teachers, to those interested in water conservation and the environment.

Contents are understandable for grades 9 to adults. The book is available for check out from the Brown and Door County libraries. Please contact us if you’re interested in obtaining copies for your classroom.

NEW Zoo Educational Trail

Covered bridge leading to trail head

Covered bridge leading to trail head

The planning for the New Zoo Educational Trout Trail started in 1992.  Installation began in 1993 and the initial phase was completed by 1994.  Our ¼ mile long educational walk-through trout trail highlights in-stream habitat work methods that Green Bay Trout Unlimited uses on area streams.

Several leaders helped drive the project to completion including Bob Heim, Lee Meyers and Hank Mancheski.  Please check out our NEW Zoo Trout Trail History Page for more background on the project as well as our Trail Gallery.

Conservation Camp

The chapter provide full sponsorship to Sand Lake Conservation Camp in Marinette Co. to students that will be attending grades 6, 7, and 8 in the fall and have an interest in the outdoors. We concentrate on sponsoring Brown and Door County students. However, both Wisconsin and Upper Michigan residents are welcomed at camp. Space is limited, registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  Read More about Sand Lake Conservation Camp.

Current Conservation Issues

Green Bay Trout Unlimited works tirelessly on conserving, protecting, restoring and reconnecting our cold water fisheries.  The issues that face us are bigger and more numerous than ever.  We urge you to understand each of these issues and then contact your legislatures to help make a difference.  At the state council level, we have a new strategy and implementing new tactics to ensure our TU messages are heard across the state in unison as well as with our conservation partners.  One of the biggest problems we face in conservation is fragmented messages and folks taking a passive approach to contacting their legislators.  You voice counts.  Please help by clicking on the Current Conservation Issues to get up to speed on the issues that face us today.