I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us. - Theodore Roosevelt
Today, Roosevelt’s public land legacy and the wildlife that he sought to protect are under siege. Members of our government are seeking to dismantle his legacy through the sale of OUR public spaces, thereby threating many of our nation’s endangered species and denying Americans their fundamental right to explore our country’s last untouched wilderness.
“Native trout in the United States are in big trouble. Of the 28 species that have historically occupied our waters, three have already become extinct. Of the 25 that remain, more than half occupy less than 25 percent of their historic habitat,” says Chris Wood, President/CEO of Trout Unlimited.
In an effort to tell the story of our native trout, and the importance of preserving our public lands, this summer we will be sending several students from the TU Costa 5 Rivers College program on an epic cross country journey- fishing, exploring, and discovering the public lands and the native fish that inhabit them.
Together, we can share the stories of our native fish and the importance of conserving those lands for future generations. Stand up and tell Congress to keep their hands off OUR public land!
Do you have what it takes?!?
We will be selecting 4 or 5 students from at least two TU Costa 5 Rivers Clubs to embark on an eight week, all-expenses paid fishing excursion during the months of June and July 2017. Students will attempt to catch 15 Western native trout species on public lands in several states. Students will “take over” Trout Unlimited’s and the 5 Rivers social media pages during the length of the trip and will be responsible for creating their own content. It is imperative that applicants demonstrate excellent skills in at least one of the fields of photography, videography, and/or writing. Applicants should also possess all of the necessary equipment (cameras, editing software, camping gear, etc.) needed for the trip. Students that are selected for the trip will be outfitted with sponsor equipment and apparel.
I’m Interested, Now What?
If you are an experienced student photographer, videographer, and/or writer involved in 5 Rivers and would like to receive more information about the trip, please email Andrew Loffredo (firstname.lastname@example.org). He will add you to the interest list. More information on the trip and application process will be available in the coming weeks!