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Which brings me to the reason why I chose a trout fin as the symbol for this site. I started trout fishing in the Seventies with my father along a tributary of the Manistee River called Big Cannon Creek. I quickly learned, as all trout anglers know, that trout streams by their nature are some of the most pristine areas of our environment. Later, I bought my first fly rod kit from Art Neumann, one of the founders of Trout Unlimited. This was an important step toward shaping my interest in wildlife and the environment far beyond my love for fishing. A fly angler learns about the aquatic insect life that abounds in streams; the Mayflies, Stoneflies, and Caddisflies that cling to rocks or burrow in the stream bed–the main food source for trout. When Art started TU, he was discouraged that the Fish Division focused too much on stocking streams with ready-to-catch fish. Art’s philosophy took a different, yet simple, tack: Manage the river for the trout, and you’ll take care of the angler. Preserve the natural habitat, and everybody wins. There is no reason not to adapt that philosophy to all aspects of our environment. Not doing so is costly, frustrating, harmful, and, in the long run, fails everybody.