I made the scenic journey north from East Lansing to Hartwick Pines State Park to attend the fall meeting of the Coldwater Resources Steering Committee (CRSC). The CRSC is composed of members from angling organizations as well as individuals unassociated with any organization who have an interest in Michigan’s coldwater resources. The purpose of the CRSC is to provide input, advice, and recommendations to the Michigan DNR Fisheries Division on issues related to the state’s coldwater resources, as well as strategies and goals for managing those resources.
As a grateful 2015-2016 Fenske Fellow, Andrew is working with Dr. William W. Taylor (Michigan State University) and Dr. Troy G. Zorn (Research Biologist, MDNR) to analyze results from the 2015 Inland Trout Angler Survey (Survey). The goal of this project is to understand values, perceptions, and behaviors of Michigan trout anglers and collaborate with MDNR fisheries managers to write a statewide management plant for inland populations of brown trout, brook trout, and rainbow trout. At the CRSC meeting, Andrew presented preliminary results from the Survey, providing MDNR managers with valuable information for understanding trout anglers. Andrew looks forward to continued collaboration with the MDNR (and Fenske Fellows blog posts!) as survey analysis progresses.