My name is Dave Moazed, and I’m Trout Unlimited. Specifically, I’m the chapter president of the Icicle Valley TU chapter in Leavenworth. I’m TU because our area steelhead, Chinook and coho require cold clean water to survive, just as we humans do. Trout Unlimited is the leading cold water conservation organization in the nation.
I fished in Vermont as a kid, but didn’t fish again till we bought our house in Leavenworth in 2004. A good friend taught me about fishing for Icicle spring Chinook off the bank at my home and then introduced me to TU. I was hooked, because I was looking for a nonprofit that combined my renewed love of fishing with a cause that allowed me to give back to our community. I was elected to the board almost immediately after becoming a TU member and am about to complete my third term as president.
I’m passionate about our mission — to “CONSERVE, PROTECT AND RESTORE” cold water fisheries, their watersheds and ecosystems, as a means of maintaining our quality of life, because water is Earth’s most precious resource. Human activity continues to degrade our environment and I’m working to leave a better natural world for our descendants than we inherited. That’s what TU people do.
1. Come to our banquet
Our annual conservation banquet will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Leavenworth Festhalle. Tickets are $50 apiece, contact me at 548-0903.
2. Our fisheries boost the economy
Our chapter is directly responsible for the opening this year of the Wenatchee River spring and Entiat River summer Chinook fisheries, both closed for more than 20 years. Chapter members came up with the idea for the Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement stamp and drummed up support and testified for the bill that our Sen. Linda Evans Parlette sponsored. The $1 million-plus annual program revenue pays for the biologists, creel checkers and officers that allow us to fish for salmon and steelhead in the same waters inhabited by their Endangered Species Act listed cousins and our fisheries generate millions of dollars in local revenue to guides, sporting goods shops, and all our local tourist-related businesses.
3. We help create sanctuaries
We have done many conservation projects since our founding in 1982, such as the Blackbird Island Steelhead Acclimation and Kids Fishing Pond. Our chapter raised money for and led two projects to create that resource, used by the Chelan County PUD to acclimate steelhead smolts and by kids to fish for stocked trout each summer.
4. We’re in the classroom
We have sponsored the Salmon in the Classroom programs in seven area elementary schools, beginning in 2008.
5. We introduce people to fishing
We’re not a fishing club, but we love to fish, and we support events that provide fishing opportunities to those who may not fish otherwise. We host a kids fishing day and volunteer annually at the Leavenworth and Entiat National Fish Hatchery kids fishing days, the Upper Valley Connection special needs fishing day and similar events.