Welcome to METU




















For membership information, please email metuchapter@gmail.com

Eric J. Sacknoff, MD - President

Lisa Benish - Vice President

Ernie Barker - Secretary

Heather Davidson - Treasurer

Carol Sacknoff - Communications/Membership Chair 


Trout Unlimited's mission is "to conserve, protect and restore North America's trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds."  TU accomplishes this mission on local, state and national levels with an extensive and dedicated volunteer network.  TU's national office and its regional offices employ professionals who testify before Congress, publish a quarterly magazine, intervene in federal legal proceedings, and work with the organization's 152,000 volunteers in 450 chapters nationwide to keep them active and involved in conservation issues.  More information about TU's action network, conservation initiatives, educational programs can be found at www.tu.org.


The geographic area of the Mountain Empire Chapter includes Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington, and Wythe Counties.  Chapter programs and activities include:  Trout in the Classroom, stream clean ups, education programs, stream restoration, community events and fundraisers.  We also lend a hand to regional fisheries biologists in their efforts to conserve trout populations.  It is our intention to make a positive impact on imperiled coldwater habitats in our region.


Our Chapter's motto is "Keep it Fun!"  All of our members love to fish, and sharing fishing stories is a big reward for our hard work on the water.  We encourage you to consider joining with us to make a difference in the health of our region's waterways, and have a lot of fun!



Membership is open to anyone who is interested in participating in the stewardship of our local coldwater fisheries. Membership dues are handled through Trout Unlimited National and an application can be found online at www.tu.org.



Meetings and events are planned for several times a year.  Meetings are typically held in early evening and in different locations throught the membership area.  Members are notified of meeting dates and agenda.



METU leaders accept awards for "top chapter in Virginia" and "best conservation project"

l-r front:

Carol Sacknoff, - Membership/Communications Chair; President- -Eric Sacknoff, MD; Vice President - Lisa Benish;

Treasurer - Heather Davidson

l-r rear:

Marie Barker; Vice President - Ernie Barker; Susan Edwards; Mike Edwards; Tony Pane