Mission

The Council is the governing body for the Trout Unlimited Chapters of New York State.  It meets several times each year to plan, coordinate, and lead local events that help promote the mission of Trout Unlimited.  The Council is made up of volunteers who gladly give their time and talents to assure the future of New York's coldwater fisheries.

History

Trout Unlimited was established in 1959 along the banks of Michigan's Au Sable River by a group of 16 anglers who were interested in protecting trout in that and other popular fishing rivers. Founders included Art Neumann and George Griffith, creator of the popular fly pattern Griffith's Gnat. The first president was Dr. Casey E. Westell. Neumann was the first vice president.

By 1963, New York angler's began developing local chapters to help protect endangered streams and rivers. 

Since then, New York has always been at the forefront of protecting over 15,000 miles coldwater streams and rivers, not to mention over 4000 lakes and ponds. Our successes through the decades are made possible by over 8000 members of Trout Unlimited in New York.

NY Council Leadership

Larry Charette — President

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Stephen Weiter — Secretary

Steve Weiter is the Region 7 VP and State Council Secretary and has been working with Trout Unlimited since 2009. Steve works with the Iroquois Chapter and focuses on water quality and stream habitat on streams in the greater Syracuse area.  

Tom LoProto — Treasurer

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Scott Seidman —
National Leadership Council Representative

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Robert H. Yunich
Chair — Development Committee

Robert H. Yunich is Chair of the Development Committee of the Trout Unlimited New York Council.  He has been a Life Member of Trout Unlimited since 1999. Bob also has been a dedicated supporter of and volunteer of the Trout-in-the-Classroom Program in New York.  He is a member of the Ashokan-Pepacton Chapter.

John Braico
Vice-President of
Resource Management

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Jeff Plackis
Vice-President Region 1

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Roger Olsen
Vice-President Region 2

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Bill Shaw
Vice-President Region 3

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Vince DuBois
Vice-President Region 4

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Rich Redman
Vice-President Region 5

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Paul Miller
Vice-President Region 6

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Stephen Weiter
Vice-President Region 7

Steve Weiter is the Region 7 VP and State Council Secretary and has been working with Trout Unlimited since 2009. Steve works with the Iroquois Chapter and focuses on water quality and stream habitat on streams in the greater Syracuse area.  

Jim Palmer
Vice-President Region 8

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Chuck Godfrey
Vice-President Region 9

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Joe Morrison
Vice-President Youth Programs

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Keith Tidball
Vice-President - Veterans Programs

Keith Tidball is a Life Member of Trout Unlimited and an avid brook trout aficionado. He has fished on every continent except Antarctica, but constantly yearns for just one more cast in the Adirondacks. When not on the water, he is a  social scientist working in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, where he focuses on the dynamics of natural resource management in the context of disasters and war. Experiences in the military and in the field of international disaster response and relief inform his unique brand of applied scholarship, including stints throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas. He studies how outdoor recreation contributes to and enhances resilience and recovery for returning combatants, especially combat -wounded veterans, and has published numerous articles and books.  He lives with his family on their farm overlooking Cayuga Lake in upstate New York.

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