Structure of TU


  • Board of Trustees
  • National Leadership Council
  • State Councils
  • Local Chapters

Local Chapters

Every TU member has the benefit of a local chapter membership. It is here TU members find the maximum satisfaction of being part of TU. Local chapters meet on a regular basis to plan their conservation and fundraising activities. Meetings often include a speaker or presentation on angling or conservation issues.

State Councils

Chapters within each state are organized into councils, which are in turn in communication with TU National. Each council also elects one representative to serve on the National Leadership Council (NLC).

National Leadership Council

The National Leadership Council (NLC) is the volunteer body that sets the direction of TU and is made up of one representative elected from each state council. The NLC has three purposes:

  • Establish the National Conservation Agenda
  • Facilitate implementation of the National Conservation Agenda
  • Build the organizational capacity of TU's Board of Trustees (BOT) that guides the organization's business operations.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees (BOT), consisting of 32 individuals, meets in person three times a year to review and approve financial and organizational decisions. The Nominating Committee of the BOT nominates individuals to be the 22  members of the BOT. The Chairman and Secretary of the NLC fill two of the BOT positions. The remaining eight positions on the BOT are filled by Grassroots Trustees nominated by the NLC. All BOT members serve two-year terms and can serve up to three consecutive terms.

The National Office, based outside of Washington, D.C., employs professionals who testify before Congress, publish TUs quarterly magazine, intervene in federal legal proceedings and work with TU's grassroots volunteers to keep them active and involved in conservation issues.



How is TU's grassroots organized? What is it's hierarchy?


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