The western fringes of the White River National Forest hold special memories for Tyler Baskfield, the Colorado sportsman coordinator for Trout Unlimited.

In 1992, after moving from Minnesota to attend college at CU-Boulder, he went on his first-ever elk hunt in the remote Thompson/Divide Creek region southwest of Glenwood Springs.

“It was stunning, being a kid from the Midwest,” Baskfield recalls. “I knew deer hunting, which back home meant walking a few hundred yards into the woods and sitting in a tree until a deer came by. To all of a sudden be in these great mountains and to be so small, what a feeling.”

Today, he’s an advocate for sportsmen of all sorts working specifically for Trout Unlimited on issues of importance to the outdoors and protecting fish habitat.

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