Check out Anglers Addiction Fly Shop on Yelp

Cheyenne Mountain Trout Unlimited

 http://cmctu.org/

Anglers Addiction Support

Anglers addiction is proud to support Trout Unlimited Cheyenne Mountain Chapter

10% of online sales margin is donated to CMCTU to show our support for their case.  Any CMCTU member will receive a 10 percent discount for purchases online or in the shop. Please support CMCTU and become a member if you are local to the Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Arkansas Tail Water area or the Colorado Front Range Area.  

 Donate Link:

https://squareup.com/market/cmctu/donate-to-the-cheyenne-mountain-chapter-of-trout-unlimited

 Up coming events with CMCTU

 http://cmctu.org/#tab1

CMCTU, What We Do!

Ricksgreenback-hires

Greenback fighting high stream flows

Conservation
Conservation is the cornerstone of what we do; conserve, protect and restore cold water fisheries and their watersheds. Our projects in Conservation are broken down into Protect, Reconnect and Restore.

Catamount 662

You want me to touch it???????

Education and Outreach
In order to sustain the effort of our volunteers the Cheyenne Mountain Chapter,  is actively working to engage the next generation of conservationists. We do this through education and outreach, providing hands-on, field-based opportunities that foster awareness for the connections between Colorado’s trout, water resources, the environment and themselves. By fostering a strong conservation ethic in in our community, we work to ensure that natural resources will continue to be protected by and for future generations.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

CMCTU volunteers working with a CPW representative

Advocacy

A great deal of our board members and volunteer’s time is expended working with our partners in the US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, US Bureau of Land Management as well as local officials in Elpaso County and the City of Colorado Springs to coordinate efforts in the protection of our cold water environments

Why 3 CollagePolitical Awareness and Influence
The Cheyenne Mountain Chapter Frequently has very ambitious goals for ourselves; we strive to make a difference. Frequently these goals of our CMCTU conservation and education projects are just bigger than what the chapter can tackle on our own in terms of cost, expertise and/or manpower. To achieve our goals we team and collaborate with our partners, and then we interact with others to align the community. Thus, political awareness and influence are essential tools for CMCTU.

Without funds, project cannot be done.

Fund Raising
CMCTU programs are locally funded, that is we don’t get funds from Colorado TU or national TU (unless it is through competitive grants) because we are a TU chapter. CMCTU typically funds efforts of about $15,000 per year. That money has gone to such causes as paying for the initial Bear Creek Greenback genetic testing in 2008 to raising money today to help with stream improvements on the South Platte. That money is raised by our member’s efforts in fund raising events that include auctions and raffles. In addition CMCTU peruses funding through grants from organizations like the Western Native Trout Initiative.

BearCreekPorter-2015

Bear Creek Porter provides a perfect opportunity to engage the public with the story of the Greenback Cutthroat Trout.

Engagement

In order that we can better succeed in our mission, public support becomes critical. CMCTU has many efforts in progress to engage the public and to look to gain their support our mission of conserving, Protecting and Preserving cold water environments.

CMCTU 2016 Strategic Plan

CMCTU Mission: Conserve, Protect, Restore cold water fisheries in the Pikes Peak Region

Goal: To become the most influential conservation organization in the Pikes Peak Region

Figure 1. Overview of the CMCTU 2016 Strategic Plan

Figure 1. Overview of the CMCTU 2016 Strategic Plan

Chapter Objectives

Greenback Cutthroats at home in Bear Creek. Protecting these fish and their habitat is a key objective for CMCTU in 2016 and beyond.

Figure 2. Greenback Cutthroats at home in Bear Creek. Protecting these fish and their habitat is a key objective for CMCTU in 2016 and beyond.

Objective1
Figure 3. Baby Greenbacks awaiting summer 2016 to return to Rock Creek

Figure 3. Baby Greenbacks awaiting summer 2016 to return to Rock Creek

Protect Native Trout: Primary focus for 2016 is on greenback cutthroats by focusing on education, execution of the existing WNTI grant, and the initial reintroduction of Greenbacks into Rock Creek.

  1. Create a series of events that can be used to educate the public about the importance of the native trout.
  2. Advocate protection of Bear Creek and the surrounding environment through outreach and education.
  3. Work toward the reintroduction of Native Trout back in their home waters. This includes identifying potential locals, habitat improvement, installation of fish barriers and monitoring the state of the reintroduced populations.
Objective 2

Improve Fishing: The primary focus for 2016 will be on Badger Basin to reduce the impact of cattle and to stabilize stream banks.

Figure 4. Help is needed to improve fishing in South Park

Figure 4. Help is needed to improve fishing in South Park

  1. Protect current quality habitat.
  2. Restore poor quality habitat back to its potential.
  3. Educate the public on what a healthy ecosystem is in terms of both the stream and the riparian habitat, and how it produces an improved fishery
Strategies:

These business strategies shall be applied to both objectives above.

  1. Make CMCTU Relevant to a broader demographic consistent with our mission.
    1. Hold events and complete projects that are of interest to the general public to include documentation on the CMCTU website and Facebook page, and through news outlets and publications.
    2. Fill our vacancy in the VP for Public Relations.
      1. Communicate our events to the news outlets.
      2. Establish relationships with both private and public decision makers.
  2. Have at least 50 active members involved in our various programs each year.
    1. Establish a system to match our member volunteers to potential projects and make 5 new matches for leading a project.
    2. Establish a recognition system for volunteers both single and multiple events.
    3. Create a culture where the membership meetings are for the purpose of generating active involvement.
  3. Have an effective funding system for both the chapter and the projects.
    1. Align funding initiatives to specific causes consistent with our two strategic goals.
    2. Seek grant/funding opportunities for our adopted projects.
    3. Establish a system of base line funding activities for the maintenance of the chapter.

Projects for 2016

CMCTU has established strategic partnerships with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, The National Forest Service, the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP), El Paso County Community Services Department, and the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation and Cultural Services Department to both establish projects with impact, and to facilitate execution of our projects in a timely manner.

Protect Native Trout Initiative

  • Conservation / Education
    Figure 5. The Trout in the Community display at Anglers Covey

    Figure 5. The Trout in the Community display at Anglers Covey

    • Trout in the Community
    • Bear Creek Nature Center display
    • Trout on Tejon
  • Protect
    • WNTI Grant execution about High Drive and Bear Creek to reduce sedimentation
    • Whirling Disease Education
    • Mt Shaveno rearing tanks for fry segregation by ‘family’ to improve survivability
  • Restore
    • Greenbacks in Rock Creek
    • Looking toward the future… build fish barriers to isolate non-native fish, provide isolation from whirling disease, and facilitate the eventual establishment of meta populations
  • Business Strategies
    • Relevance
      • Project Catalog
      • Realign Membership meeting format
      • Keep content on the CMCTU.org website and Facebook pages current and relevant
      • Provide effective communication to our members and the greater Pikes Peak region community
    • Active Membership
      • Recognition for participation
      • Education on project ‘what and why’
    • Fund Raising
      • Establish a marketing plan
      • EAS Grant
      • WNTI Grant for Trout on Tejon
      • WNTI, Phase 2 Grant for Sediment mitigation in Bear Creek
      • Greenback 5K and hill climb at Bear Creek Nature Center
      • Patagonia Grant Barriers for reintroduced Greenbacks
      • Crowd funding
      • Sustaining membership

Improve Fishing Initiative

  • Conservation / Education
    • Work with USAFA to establish 5 Rivers Chapter
    • Improve relationship with the Colorado College 5 Rivers Chapter
  •  Protect
    • South Park, Badger Basin, e.g., fence repair, thistle mitigation and willow planting
  •  Restore
    Figure 6. Mt. Shavano Hatchery’s Cuttbows waiting to be stocked in 11-Mile Reservoir during the winter of 2016

    Figure 6. Mt. Shavano Hatchery’s Cuttbows waiting to be stocked in 11-Mile Reservoir during the winter of 2016

    • Dream Stream improvements following CPW reconstruction activities, e.g., planting and watering willows to stabilize bank repairs
    • Fin Clipping in support of 11-Mile Reservoir / Dream Stream stocking experiment
    • Looking toward the future… 11 Mile Canyon
  • Business Strategies
    • Relevance
      • Project Catalog
      • Realign Membership meeting format
      • Keep content on the CMCTU.org website and Facebook pages current and relevant
      • Provide effective communication to our members and the greater Pikes Peak region community
    • Active Membership
      • Recognition for participation
      • Education on project ‘what and why’
    • Fund Raising
      • Establish a marketing plan
      • Crowd funding
      • Sustaining membership
      • Looking toward the future… One fly fishing tournament on the Dream Stream

Chapter Operating Expenses

  • Fund Raising
    • Spring 2016 Raffle
Figure 7. Distribution of Chapter funds from 2015 out of a total expenditure of $13,489. Fy2015 fundraising was limited only to raffles where a gross income of $6800 was realized.

Figure 7. Distribution of Chapter funds from 2015 out of a total expenditure of $13,489. Fy2015 fundraising was limited only to raffles where a gross income of $6800 was realized.

Awards

CMCTU has a rich recognized legacy of success as documented in numerous awards. These awards include:

GoldTroutAward2008

The Gold Trout Award for best national chapter

  • GoldTroutAward2008-1

    Past President Allyn Kratz and CMCTU President Greg Walck receive the Gold Trout Award best national chapter

    Silver Trout 1989 – Rocky Mountain Region

  • The 2008 Gold Trout Award
  • Certificate of Appreciation 1992 – US Dept of Agriculture
  • Exemplary Chapter 1999 – Colorado
  • Exemplary Project 2000 – Colorado
  • Exemplary Chapter 2001 – Colorado
  • Exemplary Project 2002 – Colorado
  • Exemplary Chapter 2003 – Colorado
  • Exemplary Project Award 2004 – Colorado
  • Exemplary Project 2005 – Colorado
  • Outstanding Chapter Communications 2007 -Colorado
  • Most Improved Chapter 2007 – Colorado
  • The Gold Trout Award was presented by Trout Unlimited to CMCTU in 2008 – National to a single local chapter each year for their outstanding work in accomplishing the TU mission.
  • Outstanding Chapter Communications 2015 -Colorado
award-5

2002

award-6

2000

award-2

1989

award-4

2009

award-3

2005

Become a Member of Trout Unlimited

Become a Member

Do you want to make a real difference?  One of the easiest things you can do as an angler is join Trout Unlimited.  Even if you do not fish, we would love to have you as a member.  By joining with Trout Unlimited you can become one of the hundreds of thousands of voices helping to conserve, protect, and restore America’s cold water fisheries and their watersheds.

By partnering with the Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited you will become one of our grass roots members.  You’ll have the opportunity to work with wounded soldiers in our Project Healing Waters program at Fort Carson, help with in stream restoration programs along the banks of the South Platte, and help protect and restore our state fish – the Greenback Cutthroat Trout – that was found right here in your backyard.  You will make friends and connections in the fly fishing world that will last a lifetime.  And after you get your feet wet and decide you want more, we invite you to join our Board of Directors.

Being a part of CMCTU is incredibly rewarding, it is a valuable experience, and most of all it’s FUN!  If you are a new, first time member of Trout Unlimited we offer a special introductory membership for just $17.50, please click here to be taken to Trout Unlimited’s Introductory Membership form.  Remember to select Cheyenne Mountain Chapter 508 as your home chapter!  Thank you for your support!

Already a member of Trout Unlimited?  Click here to be taken to Trout Unlimited’s renewal membership form.  And always, we thank you in advance for your support!

Vehicles for Charity

We have all seen advertisements for donating one’s car to charity.
Now you can donate your car to the
Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited!

Car-Donations-1024x722

 

CMCTU is one of the approved charities to receive funds through the Vehicles for Charity organization. You can donate ON-LINE athttp://www.vehiclesforcharity.org/ or by calling 1-866-628-2277.
Vehicles for Charity makes all arrangements. If you need more information, check out their frequently asked questions.
  • Vehicles for Charity will accept cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, campers and more!
  • Free Pickup! They will come to your house or office.
  • Get an Income Tax Deduction. Vehicles for Charity will provide the donation documentation that you need for your records.
When you donate your vehicle through Vehicles for Charity, you can be assured that 100% of the net funds generated from the sale of your donation will be distributed to legitimate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Vehicles for Charity, a division of the Metropolitan Association for Retarded Citizens, also a 501(c)(3) organization, acts as the agent for all other charities on the list. A split of the net proceeds goes to both.
CMCTU is found on the list of approved organizations under “Trout Unlimited, Cheyenne Mountain Chapter”.

Click here to go directly to a donation form to begin the process.

Board Positions and Current Officers

Allyn Kratz

Allyn Kratz

President: Allyn Kratz

Elected by the membership at the September 2015 meeting for a two year term. Duties: To preside the meeting of the Board of Directors and the General Membership meetings.

Contact: allyn.kratz@cmctu.org

Richard Luce

Richard Luce

Vice President: Richard Luce

Elected by the membership at the September 2015 meeting for a one year term. Duties: To preside the meeting of the Board of Directors and the General Membership meetings in the President’s absence.

Contact: r.l.luce50@gmail.com

Terry Deaton

Terry Deaton

Treasurer: Terry Deaton

Elected by the membership at the September 2015 meeting for a two year term. Duties: To maintain the financial records and funds for the chapter and filing the required reports to maintain our 501 (c) 3 IRS status

Contact: tfdeaton@msn.com

Don Logelin

Don Logelin

Vice President for Conservation: Don Logelin

Elected by the membership at the September 2015 meeting for a two year term. Duties: To lead the Chapter’s conservation efforts and projects.

Contact:  dmlogelin@msn.com

Bob Garrett

Bob Garrett

Vice President for Governmental Affairs : Bob Garrett

Elected by the membership at the September 2014 meeting for a two year term. Duties: To improve and maintain that chapters relationships with the various governmental and political office holds with whom we often work.

Contact: bob.garrett@cmctu.org

Jane Wallace

Jane Wallace