Trout Unlimited (TU) was founded near Grayling, Michigan around 1959 by fishermen who united by their passion for trout fishing and by their growing discontent with state's practice of stocking trout into their local waters.  Between 1962 to 1963, TU released its first policy statement. This statement later persuaded the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to reduce its policy of put-and-take stocking with Trout.  The National Conservation Agenda of TU is now set by a National Leadership Council. Most of the current TU body is main up of volunteers and leaders from the grassroots. 
Trout Unlimited of California
2018 Mission Statement: Our mission is to protect, reconnect, restore and sustain California's salmonid fisheries, their watersheds and the diversity of their populations. In pursuit of this mission, all native plants and animals will benefit, providing a clean and sustainable environment for future generations.
Steinbeck County Chapter of Trout Unlimited
This non-profit chapter of TU states they are they "Steinbeck Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited does good work on behalf of the trout, salmon and Steelhead fisheries of the California's Central Coast Region. 
Current Projects Being Undertaken within Steinbeck County Chapter
- Helped with the 2016 land deal to convert a 140 acre gold course into park land and 300 acre-feet of water back to lower river with the help of the Trust for Public Land, Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District, and Santa Lucia Conservancy.
- Watershed Issues
- Lagunita Creek Watershed
- Coho Salmon Crisis in the Central California Coast ESU
- [Santa Lucia Conservancy]]
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