New York State Council of Trout Unlimited, Inc.

Many goals with a single passion for conserving Trout and doing more

aka Trout Unlimited New York Council   |   Westbury, NY   |


Mission Statement To unite people to care for, protect and restore cold water fisheries and their watersheds in New York and bordering states. Vision We envision a future in which the challenges of an ever changing planet are addressed, robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish once again thrive in their home waters and all people can experience the joy of wild and native trout and salmon. Members of the Executive Committee of The New York State Council oversee the activities of ove over 8,000 members belonging to 27 Chapters situated across New York State. Its function is carrying out Nation TU's mission and programs at the local level.

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Chair, Trout Unlimited New York Council

Mr. Lawrence Charette

Main address

c/o Mr. Thomas LoProto, Treasurer 68 Murray Drive

Westbury, NY 11590 USA

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NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The role of New York State Council of Trout Unlimited (NYS Council) is to carry out the TU’s mission – namely to conserve, protect and restore North America's cold water fisheries and their watersheds. NYS Council is the governing body that supervises and oversees the activities 30 plus chapters in the State and many volunteers from the cadre of nearly 8,000 members. Sixty years after its founding, no other conservation organization is as well positioned to make a difference for conserving, protecting and restoring cold water fisheries.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


Protecting, reconnecting, restoring and sustaining our coldwater resources.

We believe in developing proactive solutions in partnership with all stakeholders such as landowners and municipalities to meet the challenges facing coldwater fisheries. We work to protect important habitat, reconnect degraded waterways and restore trout populations.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Part of our shared mission is building community through fly fishing and conservation. Outreach is a cornerstone of who we are and where we are going.
Peer-reviewed research studies have shown outdoor recreation to be a beneficial treatment for many of our recovering veterans, and it is even being prescribed in many cases. Council organizes events and activities like one held in October 2021 in the Adirondacks, in collaboration with Rivers of Recovery, which was provided to all participants free of charge.
Women are the fastest-growing demographic in fly-fishing. Council members, have partnered with local chapters to teach women the art and science of fly-fishing and provide opportunities for these women to get out on the water to fish.
Presently, the number of women members in chapters within the New York State Council is 6%. The goal is to increase this number to 20% in the next 5 years by offering more activities and events to attract and include our female membership.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Emergency responders
Women and girls

Trout Unlimited National’s youth education efforts encompass a range of programs and projects known as the Stream of Engagement, serving children, teenagers and young adults. The goal of this initiative is tcultivate the next generation of conservation stewards
In particular, Council hosts a one-week Trout Waters Youth Camp for girls and boys age 14-17, regardless of their skill level or their family’s ability to pay. Lessons are presented by top professionals on fly tying, fly fishing, entomology, ecology and conservation. Each evening, campers have one-on-one stream experiences with knowledgeable Delaware River anglers.
The number of young members in New York State Chapters currently is less than 1%; the goal is to attain an increase to 10% with 5 years by creating a dedicated youth membership program.

Population(s) Served
Adolescent girls
Preteen girls
Adolescent boys
Preteen boys
Young adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

NYS Council’s goals are derived from TU National’s current strategic plan framework. The framework defines the biological imperative of our work as protecting the highest quality habitat for wild and native fish, and reconnecting that and other habitat to other areas through restoration. The framework’s social imperative is to ensure that our efforts endure, and are sustained over time. The elements of TU's current strategic plan are focused on Conservation, Engagement, Communications, and Funding.
CONSERVATION GOALS • Protect high quality habitat for native and wild cold water fish. • Reconnect fragmented fish populations and habitats by maintaining river flows and free flowing rivers. • Restore watersheds by working in collaboration with others.
ENGAGEMENT GOALS • Build volunteer capacity to execute projects that support the Protect, Reconnect, Restore, Sustain (“PRRS”) conservation plan. • Increase member participation and fundraising to help achieve TU’s vision. • Invest in youth to create a sustaining constituency to ensure the durability of TU’s mission and work through future generations.
COMMUNICATIONS GOALS • Reorient NYS Council communications to build a web-based community that attracts and engages members and anglers and helps achieve conservation and other goals.
FUNDING GOALS The funding plan seeks to solicit charitable contributions to meet the Conservation, Communications, and Engagement plan goals.

NYS Council’s role is implementing TU National’s strategies at the state level.
CONSERVATION STRATEGIES: Protect, Reconnect, Restore, Sustain • Work with sportsmen-conservationists and others to protect important watersheds and public and private lands. • Protect the genetic integrity of native fish • Use existing rules to maximize instream flows, water conservation and wise groundwater use. • Remove, re-operate, or re-tool dams and culverts to recover cold water fisheries. • Implement watershed restoration in strategically important areas. • Improve hatchery management to minimize harm resulting from the introduction of hatchery fish into waters holding wild and native cold water stocks.
ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES: Seek to increase participation of members in Council’s and Chapter’s activities as volunteers on projects. • Through Youth Headwaters Programs including Youth Camps, Trout-in-the-Classroom and education programs, inspire young people to become the next generation of conservation and environmental stewards. • Through outreach programs, seek to attract new constituents such as veterans and breast cancer survivors in partnership with other not-for-profit organizations such as the Wounded Warriors Project and Casting for Recovery.
COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIES: NYS Council will be launching a new website intended to provide a robust source of information about activities and projects and links to other resources useful to constituents. • Council will implement a communication calendar to keep members and others informed and engaged.
FUNDING STRATEGIES: NYS Council has established a formal Development Committee and will sponsor an Annual Giving Day with details provided at the appropriate time. • Funding through charitable contributions and grants will be sought for Council’s and Chapter’s conservation projects and activities and other programs.

The members of NYS Council’s governing board represent diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. • Council oversees and supervises nearly 8,000 members in over 30 chapters, throughout the State. Members of Council stay in close touch with TU National’s staff, who regularly assist with programs and activities.

TU’s members are community leaders, professionals, and business owners, and are among the most effective and articulate grassroots advocates for protecting our important watersheds and landscapes

During the latest fiscal year, TU members in New York State volunteered and spent more than 11,630 hours ($ 314,010 value ) by, among other things, organizing restoration projects on local rivers and streams, educating youth in environmental stewardship, and engaging with state regulatory agencies.

While NYS Council is involved with many projects and activities, the following are examples of significant endeavors, prior to the onset of COVID-19.
The Battenkill River forms part of the state boundary as it flows from Manchester, VT, to the Hudson River near Schuylerville, NY. It is a significant contributor to the surrounding economy and supports successful agricultural operations that rely on a highly productive and functioning watershed. The Battenkill Home Rivers Initiative was launched January 2020 to conserve, protect, and restore the Battenkill’s fishery and watershed. This effort builds off years of work by Council and local TU chapters (Adirondack, Clearwater, and Southwestern VT) and the Battenkill Watershed Alliance, among others to revitalize the Battenkill with a collaborative, watershed-wide approach. • Council Regional Vice Presidents have overseen members in local Chapters who have removed tons of trash from rivers and stream and have planted willow and other trees to mitigate river and stream bank erosion. • Contributions to TU Youth Camp, sponsored by Council, has enabled young people to learn conservation and fishing. • The Trout-in-the-Classroom (“TIC”) is an environmental education program for students in grades K-12, who raise trout from eggs to fry starting in the Fall and ultimately release them into rivers and streams in the Spring. Every year, over 32,000 students in over 250 public schools throughout the state participate in TIC. Through TIC, participants learn about trout habitat and water quality, gain an understanding of ecosystems and foster an environmental ethic. • At the State level, Council members have worked closely with staff at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in crafting a trout management plan that would increase native and wild trout populations and be fisherman friendly.

As the restrictions imposed by the presence of the COVID virus are lifted gradually, Council will resume many activities that have been suspended.


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New York State Council of Trout Unlimited, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Lawrence Charette

Lindsay Agness

Vice President, Youth

John Braico, MD

Vice President, Resource Management

Dan Plummer

Vice President, Region 4

Charles "Chuck" Godfrey

Vice President, Region 9

Thomas "Tom" Carroll

Chair, Conservation Committee

Thomas "Tom" LoProto


Paul Miller

Vice President, Region 6

Roger Olson

Vice President, Region 2

Lisa Green

Vice President, Region 8

Jeffrey "Jeff" Plackis

Vice President, Region 1

Richard Redman

Vice President, Region 5

Donald "Don" Kieffer

Fisherman Enhancement Fund Representative

Pat Crisci

Vice President, Region 3

Keith Tidball

Vice President, Service PartnershipVeterans Outreach

Ronald "Ron" Urban

Past Chairman

Stephen Weiter


Robert H. Yunich

Vice President, Advancement

Scott Seidman

Vice Chairman

Dee Brown

Vice President, Diversity

Bill Wellman

Hydro Chairman

Allen Peterson

Vice President, Region 7

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