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CMCTU 2016 Strategic Plan

CMCTU Mission: Conserve, Protect, Restore cold water fisheries in the Pikes Peak Region

 

Goal: To become the most influential conservation organization in the Pikes Peak Region

Figure 1. Overview of the CMCTU 2016 Strategic Plan

Figure 1. Overview of the CMCTU 2016 Strategic Plan

Chapter Objectives

Greenback Cutthroats at home in Bear Creek. Protecting these fish and their habitat is a key objective for CMCTU in 2016 and beyond.

Figure 2. Greenback Cutthroats at home in Bear Creek. Protecting these fish and their habitat is a key objective for CMCTU in 2016 and beyond.

Objective1
Figure 3. Baby Greenbacks awaiting summer 2016 to return to Rock Creek

Figure 3. Baby Greenbacks awaiting summer 2016 to return to Rock Creek

Protect Native Trout: Primary focus for 2016 is on greenback cutthroats by focusing on education, execution of the existing WNTI grant, and the initial reintroduction of Greenbacks into Rock Creek.

 

  1. Create a series of events that can be used to educate the public about the importance of the native trout.
  2. Advocate protection of Bear Creek and the surrounding environment through outreach and education.
  3. Work toward the reintroduction of Native Trout back in their home waters. This includes identifying potential locals, habitat improvement, installation of fish barriers and monitoring the state of the reintroduced populations.
Objective 2

Improve Fishing: The primary focus for 2016 will be on Badger Basin to reduce the impact of cattle and to stabilize stream banks.

Figure 4. Help is needed to improve fishing in South Park

Figure 4. Help is needed to improve fishing in South Park

 

 

  1. Protect current quality habitat.
  2. Restore poor quality habitat back to its potential.
  3. Educate the public on what a healthy ecosystem is in terms of both the stream and the riparian habitat, and how it produces an improved fishery
Strategies:

These business strategies shall be applied to both objectives above.

  1. Make CMCTU Relevant to a broader demographic consistent with our mission.
    1. Hold events and complete projects that are of interest to the general public to include documentation on the CMCTU website and Facebook page, and through news outlets and publications.
    2. Fill our vacancy in the VP for Public Relations.
      1. Communicate our events to the news outlets.
      2. Establish relationships with both private and public decision makers.
  2. Have at least 50 active members involved in our various programs each year.
    1. Establish a system to match our member volunteers to potential projects and make 5 new matches for leading a project.
    2. Establish a recognition system for volunteers both single and multiple events.
    3. Create a culture where the membership meetings are for the purpose of generating active involvement.
  3. Have an effective funding system for both the chapter and the projects.
    1. Align funding initiatives to specific causes consistent with our two strategic goals.
    2. Seek grant/funding opportunities for our adopted projects.
    3. Establish a system of base line funding activities for the maintenance of the chapter.

Projects for 2016

CMCTU has established strategic partnerships with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, The National Forest Service, the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP), El Paso County Community Services Department, and the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation and Cultural Services Department to both establish projects with impact, and to facilitate execution of our projects in a timely manner.

Protect Native Trout Initiative

  • Conservation / Education
    Figure 5. The Trout in the Community display at Anglers Covey

    Figure 5. The Trout in the Community display at Anglers Covey

    • Trout in the Community
    • Bear Creek Nature Center display
    • Trout on Tejon
  • Protect
    • WNTI Grant execution about High Drive and Bear Creek to reduce sedimentation
    • Whirling Disease Education
    • Mt Shaveno rearing tanks for fry segregation by ‘family’ to improve survivability
  • Restore
    • Greenbacks in Rock Creek
    • Looking toward the future… build fish barriers to isolate non-native fish, provide isolation from whirling disease, and facilitate the eventual establishment of meta populations
  • Business Strategies
    • Relevance
      • Project Catalog
      • Realign Membership meeting format
      • Keep content on the CMCTU.org website and Facebook pages current and relevant
      • Provide effective communication to our members and the greater Pikes Peak region community
    • Active Membership
      • Recognition for participation
      • Education on project ‘what and why’
    • Fund Raising
      • Establish a marketing plan
      • EAS Grant
      • WNTI Grant for Trout on Tejon
      • WNTI, Phase 2 Grant for Sediment mitigation in Bear Creek
      • Greenback 5K and hill climb at Bear Creek Nature Center
      • Patagonia Grant Barriers for reintroduced Greenbacks
      • Crowd funding
      • Sustaining membership

Improve Fishing Initiative

  • Conservation / Education
    • Work with USAFA to establish 5 Rivers Chapter
    • Improve relationship with the Colorado College 5 Rivers Chapter
  •  Protect
    • South Park, Badger Basin, e.g., fence repair, thistle mitigation and willow planting
  •  Restore
    Figure 6. Mt. Shavano Hatchery’s Cuttbows waiting to be stocked in 11-Mile Reservoir during the winter of 2016

    Figure 6. Mt. Shavano Hatchery’s Cuttbows waiting to be stocked in 11-Mile Reservoir during the winter of 2016

    • Dream Stream improvements following CPW reconstruction activities, e.g., planting and watering willows to stabilize bank repairs
    • Fin Clipping in support of 11-Mile Reservoir / Dream Stream stocking experiment
    • Looking toward the future… 11 Mile Canyon
  • Business Strategies
    • Relevance
      • Project Catalog
      • Realign Membership meeting format
      • Keep content on the CMCTU.org website and Facebook pages current and relevant
      • Provide effective communication to our members and the greater Pikes Peak region community
    • Active Membership
      • Recognition for participation
      • Education on project ‘what and why’
    • Fund Raising
      • Establish a marketing plan
      • Crowd funding
      • Sustaining membership
      • Looking toward the future… One fly fishing tournament on the Dream Stream

Chapter Operating Expenses

  • Fund Raising
    • Spring 2016 Raffle
Figure 7. Distribution of Chapter funds from 2015 out of a total expenditure of $13,489. Fy2015 fundraising was limited only to raffles where a gross income of $6800 was realized.

Figure 7. Distribution of Chapter funds from 2015 out of a total expenditure of $13,489. Fy2015 fundraising was limited only to raffles where a gross income of $6800 was realized.