Who do you support? Who is doing good work?
National organization whose mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. Two state chapters and several local chapters of TU oppose paddling on the Upper Chattooga, with support from the national organization. These chapters sought to join the lawsuit in defense of the boating ban
A big issue I have with TU is that they promote the moment of stored reservoir water in the winter in order to keep river flows at minimum healthy amounts for trout populations in summer and fall. Trout Unlimited believes the Voluntary Flow Release Program on the Arkansas is detrimental to a burgeoning trout river and they also view private boaters as a nuisance... I am a member and a fisherman, but membership is mostly for monitoring purposes.My understanding of the primary (national) conflict that river runners have with Trout Unlimited, is that TU prioritizes fishing over river running. Thus, when it comes to private vs public land/river access disputes, TU has a tendency to compromise by trading sections. They'll support a land owner in closing a section of river to river runners (to preserve said land owners commercial fishing operation or whatever), in exchange for fisherman gaining shore access to a different section of river nearby. They don't advocate for legal river running access everywhere, just where they choose.
Their intentions of river access are good for boaters as far as finding a put-in and take-out, but some river runner's feel they aren't helping the right-to-float arguments.
I'm sure someone has better, more specific examples, and more expert insight, but it's my understanding that boaters shouldn't let boaters support TU.
(I hope I'm wrong. My dad used to be a TU member, before AW of course.)