A National Trout Center Wall of Fame Award was established in 2010 in recognition of individuals with a distinguished record of conservation and stewardship of trout and cold-water stream resources.
The award consists of an induction ceremony in which the honoree is invited to present his/her comments relating to trout or cold-water streams, a certificate to mark the occasion, and a space at the NTC Wall of Fame site commemorating the honoree’s work in conservation. The award recipient may be nominated by anyone who can attest to the nominee’s endeavors to conserve trout, trout habitat, or cold-water stream resources. Nominations may be submitted at any time by written notice to the NTC Board of Directors. Final selection of the inductee will be determined by a committee appointed by the NTC Board of Directors.
Melford C. Haugstad, Nov. 15, 1930-Sept. 16, 2013
The NTLC was honored to bestow the first Wall of Fame Award to Melford Haugstad, a long-time Preston resident. Mr. Haugstad’s work in stream restoration and advocacy for wild trout was largely responsible for the re-establishment of the native brook trout in southeastern Minnesota spring creeks. At the induction ceremony Jeff Broberg, professional geologist, and Steve Klotz, Lanesboro Area Fisheries Manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), spoke about Mr. Haugstad’s many accomplishments in the success of southeastern Minnesota trout resources over the past forty years.
Jeff Broberg (left) reviews commendation for Mel Haugstad (right) at Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Mr. Haugstad’s enthusiasm for conservation and for trout fishing set a lasting example among fisheries managers and researchers in the state. Today, all trout fishers and residents of southeastern Minnesota are the continuing beneficiaries of Mel’s tireless efforts to restore stream trout and improved water quality to streams of the Driftless Area.
Thomas F. Waters, 1926-2012
In 2011, the National Trout Center presented its second Wall of Fame Award to Professor Thomas F. Waters of Shoreview, Minnesota. Dr. Waters authored five books on stream and river ecology, and one anthology of stories collected over a lifetime of fishing and hunting the streams and uplands of the Upper Midwest.
Born and raised in Michigan, Tom Waters pursued a lifelong career of research, teaching and advocacy for trout and the special cold-water stream environments they inhabit. Tom’s late friend, Tom Helgeson, noted how difficult it is to summarize Tom Waters’ contributions to conservation of trout resources: “…if you care about rivers, about clean waters and robust ecosystems, and about their future, this man is your good friend.”
Over the past five decades, Tom taught stream ecology and fisheries at the University of Minnesota, published six books and scores of scientific articles, trained dozens of graduate students and researched the mysteries of stream ecology. Tom is best known among aquatic scientists for his description of the “invertebrate drift” phenomenon in streams, during which aquatic insects undergo daily passage with downstream currents. Tom has been a relentless advocate for wild and free rivers and clean water, not only for their place in the hydrologic cycle, but, especially for the role they play in sustaining the human spirit.
Tom’s research into stream productivity and aquatic ecology produced a wealth of knowledge and a lasting legacy of dozens of students imbued with the same tenacity and scientific rigor that characterized Dr. Waters’ dedication to his work and his avocation as an outdoorsman.