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 invasive steelhead trout up the river after the Traverse City FishPass project is completed, in approximately 2025.
Knowing that the DNR’s plan will 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. On Mondays at 8 a.m., Coalition members host a meeting in the rustic confines of our unofficial “headquarters” — the Mayfield Country Store on Garfield Road. Bacon and eggs are on the menu; how to save the Boardman brook trout is the primary topic of discussion.