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The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
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"Saving the World one Trout at a Time"

Chris Wood
President & CEO
Trout Unlimited

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"The 2012 Doris Duke Fellows met Chris Wood this fall in Washington, D.C., and were so impressed that we invited him to come out to Santa Barbara. Trout Unlimited is a top-of-class conservation organization that combines good science with a unique ability to build long-term cultural bridges and partnerships in order to actually get the job done. Chris is a great speaker, and we're lucky to have him here to share some stories from the field." — Teo Grossman, Host

Chris Wood will discuss how Trout Unlimited (TU) uses science to focus people’s passion for hunting, fishing, and the outdoors on the most important places to achieve the greatest conservation possible. Wood will discuss TU's work to pass instream flow legislation in Utah, protect roadless areas in Idaho, and broker a settlement for the Klamath River Basin in Oregon and California, one of the most contentious river basins in the county. He'll explain how TU uses science to help direct these initiatives.

Chris Wood has served as the President & CEO of Trout Unlimited since February 2010. He came to TU in 2001 after serving as the senior policy and communications advisor to U.S. Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck. TU is a national nonprofit conservation organization whose mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds for the benefit of future generations. From the beginning, TU has been guided by the principle: "If we take care of the fish, then the fishing will take care of itself."

Since arriving at TU, Wood has helped form partnerships with such companies as Tiffany & Co. to clean up abandoned mines and has worked with various sportsmen organizations to protect iconic landscapes along the Wyoming Range and in Idaho's roadless backcountry areas. From its hundreds of local stream-restoration projects to helping lead the way in dam removal to compelling Congress to strengthen the Clean Water Act, TU has a 50-year track record of conservation achievement.

Wood graduated from Middlebury College and lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Betsy, and their three sons. When not chasing fish with a flyrod or working to restore streams and watersheds for TU, Wood spends his time coaching Little League baseball.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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