Our Mission

We advocate for the protection of Michigan’s state fish, the brook trout.


The Brook Trout Coalition, formerly the Coalition to Protect and Preserve the Boardman River Brook Trout, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit conservation organization. It was founded in Mayfield, Michigan — the birthplace of the Adams dry fly — on October 17, 2017.

We formed the Coalition after Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials made it clear that they intended to jeopardize the welfare of the Boardman River’s self-sustaining wild brook trout fishery by sending non-native steelhead trout up the river after the Traverse City FishPass project is completed, in approximately 2025.

Knowing that the DNR’s plan would have disastrous consequences for the future of the brook trout and for the Boardman River itself, we donned our waders and ventured into the murky waters of high-stakes fish politics.

Our all-volunteer Board of Directors meets at 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month in the Thirlby Room at the Traverse Area District Library.

With all the problems associated with non-native organisms entering into the Great Lakes ecosystem, I find it ironic that the DNR actually promotes the establishment of exotics. The reality of the matter is they are not stewards of our natural resources but the voice of hunters and fishermen. Working with NATIVE Ruffed Grouse won’t increase hunting license numbers so promote releasing EXOTIC Ring-necked Pheasant. Likewise, forget the NATIVE Brook Trout and promote EXOTIC Steelhead. Restore the Boardman to its native state, then manage it for exotics. It all sounds terribly hypocritical to me.”
— Jack Eitniear, retired Michigan wildlife biologist