Coldwater conservation is our game!
Trout Unlimited organizes its conservation objectives around four core principles: Protect, Reconnect, Restore, and Sustain. Protection of sensitive lands within a watershed is critical to the health of any river and for the fish that live there. TU often works with local land trusts to prioritize land preservation or conservation easements whenever they present themselves. Reconnection comes in the form of culvert removals or replacements and dam removals. Reconnecting fish to their up and downstream habitat is critical to the survival of many fish species. Restoration is a more general term and can mean restoration of a degraded stream channel, restoration of the native trees and shrubs that grow along a stream, bank stabilization or all of the above. And sustaining our efforts means engaging multiple partners including youth in our work to keep them connected to their local watersheds so that they will become ambassadors for clean, cold water in the future. These four core principles drive our work in New Jersey and beyond where our nearly 200 staff members work closely with our 400 plus chapters and our 140,000 grassroots volunteers to protect and restore trout and salmon habitat.