Trout Unlimited, Pikes Peak Chapter

Conserve, Protect and Restore the Cold Water Fisheries and their environs in the Pikes Peak Region

aka TU   |   Colorado Springs, CO   |  https://ppctu.org/

Mission

Founded in 1959, TU is the leading conservation organization dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring, North America's trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. Our 300,000 members are organized 387 local chapters and 36 Councils nationwide. These volunteer chapters are the "watchdogs" of their local rivers and streams. They conduct stream restoration projects, monitor legislation, and fight for "fish friendly" policies with state and local officials. Through its Washington DC-based national headquarters, TU conducts valuable scientific and economic research to foster more enlightened trout and salmon management practices, lobbies to strengthen environmental legislation like the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act, and provides a voice for its 300,000 members.

Ruling year info

1972

President

Allyn Kratz

Main address

P.O. Box 458

Colorado Springs, CO 80901 USA

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Formerly known as

Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited

EIN

52-1765540

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Protect Bear Creek and the ONLY reproducting population of Greenback Cutthroat Trout

Since 2003 this chapter has been working to protect this stream and the Greenback Cutthroat Trout in residence. This has included monitoring the water quality through the testing for chemicals, including heavy metals, oxygen, nitrogen, and pH. Annual macro-invertebrate collection add to the data for the health of this stream. We have had a seat on the Bear Creek Round table since it inception in 2006. This round table brings together the diverse parties that have an interest in this stream, including both governmental agencies and a multitude of recreational groups.
Though the round table trails which were adding to the degradation of the stream were moved or closed.
PPCTU continues to monitor the water quality, trail degradation and sediment in and around the stream. Annually both eggs and milt are collected from this steam to improve the gene pool of those populations that are being raised to create additional reproducing populations in diverse locations.

Population(s) Served

This population of Cutthroat Trout were discovered in 1997. This chapter funded a barrier two miles below the natural barrier that protected this population from invasive species. This invasive species was than removed from this two miles to provide additional habitat in which they could grow and prosper. Water quality is continually monitored for degradation from heavy metals, low flows, sedimentation. In addition macro-invertebrates are collected annually as another means to monitor water quality. In 2006 we were able to have this water designated "High Quality" under the clean water act.

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In 2012 a genetic study was published (Metcalf) that identified Six original lineages of Cutthroat Trout found in Colorado when European immigration began. Two of these lineages were previously unknown. In 2016 a population of one of these new lineages was rescued from Hayden creek, following the Hayden Pass fire, and placed in a hatchery. This particular population of what is known as the Green Lineage has a unique haploid in it's mitochondrial DNA. In 2021 these rescued Cutthroats were placed in Ruxton Creek, on Pikes Peak. It has become our responsibility to protect and advocate for these trout.

Population(s) Served

The Pikes Peak Chapter has funded three Trout in the Classroom programs in area public schools. In addition, the chapter has funded one set up that we call "Trout in the Community". Each year fertilized eggs are provided to the programs and provide an opportunity to students and the public to watch these eggs hatch and the fry grow. Once grown, these trout are tested for disease and if clean, released into area lakes and streams. The chapter support the creation of curriculum for this program and covers the ongoing expenses involved. As part of this program the chapter has created a game that can be used to educate the students about the hazards of growing up in a cold water stream. This game has been provided to schools located all over the globe.
In addition, this chapter provides volunteers to the school program via discussion with students in classrooms about conservation, clean water and the protection of species.

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In an attempt to educate the public about the "Threatened" species of Cutthroat Trout located so very close to the community and the importance of their protection, the chapter created a scavenger hunt. The cooperation of the business community, Colorado College and the City of Colorado Springs were obtained and the Scavenger hunt became a reality. A Set of clues can be obtained by going to the Old Colorado Public Library. A set of trout created by Colorado College students are then attempted to be found in and around various businesses in Old Colorado City. During this hunt, information about the Greenback Cutthroat Trout is learned. Upon completion of the hunt the participants can return to the public library and receive a commemorative coin and a flyer about the trout. Community members and tourists can learn about the Greenback and the Scavenger hunt by reading an informational sign paid for by the Chapter and installed by the City in Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City.

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Historically, Fountain Creek has been an urban stream which was viewed as a flood control problem. In the 2005 -2007 time period this chapter worked with the City of Manitou Spring to improve the habitat in Fountain Creek in the section that ran through that city. The goal was to improve the habitat for the trout as well as address flood control issues. These improvement and the design proved worthy after the Waldo Canyon fire in 2012. The mud flows and flooding came through the section of Fountain Creek in which the improvements were made. These improvements worked as designed and continue to do so today. The chapter has now chosen to move down stream and work with the City of Colorado Springs to improve this section of Fountain Creek to make is an urban fishery.

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Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Trout Unlimited - National 1986

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Protect Bear Creek and the ONLY reproducting population of Greenback Cutthroat Trout

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Objective 1
Protect Native Trout: Primary focus for 2022 is on native cutthroats in our Pike Peak Region by focusing on ongoing education, and the initial /reintroduction and maintain Cutthroat trout in the Pikes Peak Region.

The protection of these populations of threatened and endangered species is always an ongoing activity. There are always forces attempting to advocate their self interest at the determent of the species.
During 2021 PPCTU successfully prevented these forces from persuading Elpaso County from adding additional trails to the drainage area of Bear Creek. It is feared that these trails would result in the redirecting of water away from the stream drainage resulting in insufficient water in the stream for the trout. In addition these trails would add sedimentation to the steam eliminating habitat which the trout require.

PPCTU continued to advocate on behalf of Severy Creek to keep it closed to public access. The rare species of trout that reside in this drainage can only be found in this steam.

PPCTU monitors the water quality of these streams on a monthly basis through collecting of water samples and running analysis on said samples. In years previous, PPCTU has successfully convinced the Colorado Water Board to designate these two streams as "High Quality Water" under the Clean Water Act. This designation places special protection against degradation in the quality of these waters.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our membership is approximately 1000+ individuals who support our mission. We periodically formally survey all members about their thoughts about our programs. Each month we request feedback about our programs, actions, policies, etc at our membership meetings and in each newsletter is a link provided to allow subscribers, both members and non-members to provide feedback.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Membership requested that we create some projects closer to home so that travel was not such an issue. As a result we have taken on the improvement of habitat in Fountain Creek in an effort to make it an urban fishery.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our organization is dependent upon the willingness of our audience to volunteer their time. The success of this volunteer recruitment is dependent upon our ability to listen.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Trout Unlimited, Pikes Peak Chapter

Board of directors
as of 03/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Allyn Kratz

Pikes Peak Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Term: 2019 - 2022

Terrance Deaton

Treasurer

Shawn Reagan

Secretary

Don Logelin

Vice President for Conservation

Larry Kudryk

Vice President for Membership

Daniel Korleski

Vice President for Communications

Michele White

Vice President for Education

Doug Krieger

Vice President for Governmental Affairs

Brian Copeland

Vice President for Financial Development

J. Stout

Director at Large

David Leinweber

Director at Large

PJ Klavon

Director at Large

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/21/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/17/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.