Adventure on the line: Stream Girls film night focuses on women who fish

first_imgIf local streams seem darned frigid to you right now, it only means you’re not a coldwater fish. Thanks to pollution and deforestation, waterways like Salmon Creek and the East Fork of the Lewis River are generally too warm to meet state temperature standards for healthy spawning, rearing and migration of salmon and other aquatic life.Coldwater watershed conservation is the mission of Trout Unlimited, a national organization launched in Michigan in the late 1950s by fishermen who opposed artificially stocking lakes and streams in favor of nurturing wild trout in sustainably managed waters.But Trout Unlimited was quite limited in those days: all those fishers were men. That’s what the organization is trying to grow past now, according to local officials working to attract more women and more diversity in general.“Our board is trying to expand so it’s not just a fishing club with a bunch of older, retired, white men on top,” said Jarod Norton, who recently became president of the Clark County chapter of Trout Unlimited. “We really want more diversity.”“The Clark County chapter has been around for a good chunk of time, but in the last two years it’s really been reinvigorating,” said leadership development manager Lisa Beranek, who is based, appropriately, in Trout Lake. “We’ve been looking at opportunities to connect with people and fill in our gaps. There’s most definitely a need to engage with women and provide some female-specific youth opportunities,” she said. “There’s a lot of research out there that supports the single-sex experience for girls.”last_img read more