Congratulation to Rosendo R. Guerrero, the Conservation Director for the Tacoma Chapter of Trout Unlimited who has been chosen as one of Field & Stream Magazine’s monthly Heroes of Conservation.
Kristyn Brady, the Assistant Editor at Field & Stream said Guerrero’s story will appear in the Bullet Points: Conservation section of the September 2011 issue of Field & Stream.
He will receive a $500 grant from Toyota, and becomes eligible for selection in the magazines future Hero of the Year prizes.
In the fall of 2009, one of the biggest pink salmon runs entered the Puyallup River, but that wasn’t what drew news from the media.
It was about all the trash and waste littering the river banks by sport anglers that got all the negative attention.
Those who saw or witnessed the trash were angry, and state Fish and Wildlife even discussed closing the fishery.
This is where Guerrero stepped in to create a group called “Sportsmen for the Preservation of our Rivers and Streams,” with a goal of gathering sportsman volunteers to clean up the river.
Guerrero began to gather support from local anglers, media and local businesses, Puyallup Parks Department, state Fish and Wildlife, and local politicians for a one-day river cleanup.
In the process he came to the attention of the local Tacoma Trout Unlimited Chapter, “The Action Chapter,” and then soon became the Chapters Conservation Director.
In October of 2009, Rosendo completed their first cleanup of the Puyallup River using boating and shore bound volunteers, which resulted in one-ton of garbage being removed from the river during the four-hour event.
Last year’s river clean up gathered 2.76 tons of garbage, and Guerrero expanded efforts to several more rivers and several more cleanup events.