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By Laurie Wilhite
For The Sentinel 

Exploring up STREAM


Contributed: Olivia Holderman

PROUD OF HER WORK: Molly Hauck holds her leather stamped bookmarks made during a STREAM Explorers camp.

Brad Throssell, President of the Washington State Council of Trout Unlimited (TU), recently presented a coldwater fisheries conservation update to the TU Klickitat Chapter. The meeting was held in the Columbia Bank meeting room in Goldendale, and participants learned the latest news about suction dredge mining reform legislation, TU chapter activities around the State of Washington, the creation of an advocacy committee with a member from each chapter around the state, and national Embrace A Stream grant opportunities. Throssell attempts to visit each chapter and was headed to meet with Yakima TU members the following evening.

There are 15 chapters of Trout Unlimited in the State of Washington. The two newest chapters are Walla Walla and Northsound. The Klickitat Chapter was founded by Tom Fritsch and serves members from Klickitat County and surrounding areas. This chapter meets at both Lyle and Goldendale locations to serve members from both sides of Klickitat County. New members are always welcome, and to join Trout Unlimited just visit the website and follow the membership link.

The Klickitat Chapter is sponsoring Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Art, and Math (STREAM) camps to engage youth in cold water fisheries conservation and teach them how to fly fish. President Throssell has been active in the training of STREAM Explorers camp mentors across the state. Laurie Wilhite received the Trout Unlimited training in Longview last year and wrote an Embrace a Stream grant to fund three STREAM Explorer camps at Brooks State Park.

It's not too late to register for the next STREAM Explorers Camps which are scheduled for the weekends of May 17-19 and on June 7-9, 2019. Youth can select which camp they wish to attend and there are even some slots for parent volunteers to attend camp as well for only $25 which includes food, lodging, fishing lessons, leathercraft projects, etc. Transportation to and from camp is not included and is the responsibility of parents/guardians. Scholarships based on financial need are also available for the $25 camp fee, requests can be indicated on the registration form in the brochure. Spots for camp are filling up fast, mail in your registration form today!

Klickitat County 4th through 6th graders are invited to attend these camps. STREAM Explorers camp applications are available at area schools, the public library, newspaper office, and the Goldendale Chamber of Commerce. Those interested in learning more about the camps can contact the Klickitat Trout Unlimited Chapter at 509-941-9979 or find the chapter on social media.

The next meeting of the Klickitat Trout Unlimited Chapter will be on July 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lyle Community Center. The public is invited to attend, and the group is looking for new members and volunteers for the upcoming STREAM Explorers camps at Brooks State Park.


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