About Maryland TU
The Maryland Chapter of Trout Unlimited (MDTU) was formed in 1971 and currently has over 800 members. These members largely live in Baltimore City and in Baltimore and Harford Counties.
Mission: To conserve, protect and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
Vision: By the next generation, Trout Unlimited will ensure that robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.
MDTU is a regional chapter of Trout Unlimited, a national non-profit organization with 147,000 members dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. From forested rivers like the Farmington in Connecticut to the pristine waters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay and all points in between, TU’s work spans nearly a million miles of cold water all across North America.
TU has a basic approach to its conservation strategy. First, we use the best available science to protect headwater spawning habitat for trout and salmon. We reconnect tributaries with their rivers to ensure resilience, and we restore waters where development has impacted trout and salmon and the opportunity to fish for them. Second, we sustain our work on the ground by:
•Using the best science to drive conservation priorities.
•Promoting and maintaining a strong legal and regulatory framework to protect fish and fishing opportunity.
•Connecting with passionate anglers who want to give back to the resource they value so much.
•Increasing our ability to engage TU members in conservation by training, educating and building a strong community of angler advocates.
•Connecting with generous donors and helping them give to the fish they cherish and the place they love.
•Helping members connect and communicate with one another via our website, TROUT Magazine and the TU Blog.
If you’re interested in becoming a part of TU and giving back to the fish and the places you value, become a member and help us ‘save the world, one trout at a time.’
MDTU, over the years, has pursued and advanced TU's mission in the following ways:
•Spearheaded the stream habitat improvement of numerous watersheds in the Baltimore area. These have included: Little Gunpowder Falls, Long Green Run, and Jones Falls.
•Advocated for responsible real estate development crafting agreements with various developers governing storm water runoff and other watershed protection issues.
•Led the creation of handicapped fishing access on Morgan Run.
•Led ongoing stewardship and monitoring of cold water fisheries throughout the Baltimore area.
•Supported an active grant and education program designed to assist landowners to become better stewards of their riparian watersheds.
•Worked closely with the Maryland State DNR personnel to secure reimbursement for seedlings and fencing along streams.
•Sponsored monthly speakers on fishing and conservation related topics.
Maryland Trout Unlimited prides itself on an open door policy. We welcome and engage all constituents in dialogue designed to increase understanding and conversation of cold water fisheries. Our Board of Directors meetings are currently held the second Wednesday of every month, and public General Meetings (featuring guest speakers) are held monthly on the third Wednesday, from September through May. (See Calendar of Events on this web site for details.)