2018 Conservation Fundraising Program Needs Your Support

The mission of your Oak Brook Trout Unlimited Chapter is to conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries and their watersheds in the Midwest.  OBTU fulfills our mission through 1) advocacy, 2) K6–12 education programming, and 3) by providing funding and volunteers for hands-on projects to improve and rehabilitate coldwater river systems. There are no other outside sources of funding for our chapter. National Trout Unlimited membership annual dues are not shared with our Chapter.

“To fund these ongoing and new conservation and youth education programs, our board has identified a fund-raising target of $8,000 for these initiatives and would like your support in reaching this goal by June 30, 2018,” said John Snyder, Financial Development Committee Chair. “Each Board member has committed to a personal donation of at least $100.00 to kick off this fund-raising effort and we would like our members’ support at this same level—if possible.  In fact, including a “Friends and Family” focus, your Board members are personally committed to a total of $3,000 in donations.

Mission success requires that we provide cash funding to cover out-of-pocket expenses including contracting for streamside excavation, replanting, baseline studies and K6-12 classroom fish tanks. Last year’s membership solicitation raised over $6,500 for our 2017 conservation and youth education programs:

Last year’s membership solicitation raised over $6,500 to cover out-of-pocket expenses including contracting for Wisconsin Driftless Area streamside excavation work, replanting, Michigan Coldwater River and Dowagiac River watershed baseline studies and K6-12 classroom fish tanks for our youth education programs.

Thank you very much for your 2017 volunteer and financial support of these past activities!

Consistent with our 2017-2020 Strategic Plan, the Chapter continues to focus on an aggressive conservation agenda which builds on our past Wisconsin Driftless Area and other Midwest stream restoration projects, adds an important new focus on the Dowagiac River watershed in Southwest Michigan and continues our commitment to youth education.

Specific 2018-2019 proposed conservation projects requiring cash funding include:

  • Weister Creek stream restoration Phase 5 in Vernon County, Wisconsin.
  • Sparta, Wisconsin stream restoration project.
  • Spring and Fall Coldwater River Watershed (Alto, Michigan) macroinvertebrate studies.
  • NEW!!! Dowagiac River stream restoration following the planned 2018 removal of the Pucker Street Dam in Niles, Michigan.
  • TU Driftless Area Restoration (TUDARE) projects.

Please review the “ 2018-2019 Conservation Project Flyer” and “ Duke Welter TUDARE Interview” information for more details on these important efforts.

OBTU Donations Are Tax-deductible and May be Matched by Employers
OBTU is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and your donation is tax deductible and may also be matched by your employer. Our Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 38-1612715 and a download PDF of the IRS 501(c)(3) Determination Letter for 501(c)(3) non-profit documentation is available on our website’s “Donate” page.

You can mail a check made payable to “Oak Brook Trout Unlimited” to:
Oak Brook Chapter Trout Unlimited
P.O. Box 5046
Oak Brook, IL  60522-5046

Many thanks for your financial and volunteer support in 2017 and this year!

OBTU’s fundraising will support the Driftless Area’s Weister Creek Phase 5 stream restoration work.