April 2015:

30 YEARS WITBRC9H A VISION FOR THE FUTURE

Peter Crowe-Swords, President, Bow River Chapter

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Bow River Chapter – Trout Unlimited Canada. Much water has flowed down the Bow River over the years, but it is clear to say that a vision to protect fish habitat has always been in the forefront of BRC activities. In addition, BRC took an option to secure the lease of Legacy Island, formerly leased to Herbert Jansen from the Province of Alberta 10 years ago. This gave the chapter the opportunity to become a stakeholder in fishing activities on the Bow River.

Today we move forward with a membership base in excess of 500 volunteers and a new Board of Directors elected at April 7, 2015 AGM. The board consists of a wide range of expertise covering business, environmental and fisheries biology. We also have the wealth of support from TU Canada. The 2015/16 Board of Directors are as follows: President, Peter Crowe-Swords; Vice President, Abe House; Secretary, Darlene Klippenstein; Treasurer, Adam Gallagher; and Directors, Caitlin Gifford, Kevin Peterson, Mike Robertson & Rick Moses.

Over the years BRC has financially supported many indicatives on the Bow River and its tributaries including protecting trees from beaver damage to removing fish migration obstacles on the Highwood and Sheep River drainage. More recently, Legacy Island was restored to use following the 2013 flood at a cost of $45,000. And this year BRC is supporting Trout Unlimited Canada major restoration activities at Mallard Point in Fish Creek Park in excess of $40,000. None of this would have been possible without your support. Thank you.