Tom Baird (b. 1951), Anglers of the Au Sable past president and chair of the legal and governmental relations committees, is a semi-retired attorney and labor relations consultant specializing in labor relations and civil rights litigation. He lives with his wife Ellen, and their English Setter Jack, on the banks of the Grand River in Dimondale, Michigan. They love to hunt, fish, hike and camp, especially in Michigan’s North Country.
Tom started fly-fishing in the late 1970’s, after graduating from law school. He quickly adopted the Au Sable River as his home water. Rusty Gates drafted him shortly after the Anglers were organized, in order to provide legal support for keeping catch and release regulations on the Holy Waters. That lead to a seat on the board and new projects including matters involving the National Guard, the Lake St. Helen’s dam, the Kolka Creek case, mineral leases and fracking in the headwaters, and the Grayling Fish Hatchery. Tom also serves as a liaison to the agencies we deal with in Lansing, as well as the Michigan legislature.
In addition to the Anglers, Tom is the chairman of the Michigan Hydro Relicensing Coalition (dealing with federal licensing and regulation of hydro dams on Michigan’s rivers), serves on the board of FLOW (For Love of Water, the group started in Traverse City to deal with water issues in the Great Lakes basin area), and is a Trustee on the board of the Hal and Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation (a family foundation whose purposes include conservation of Michigan’s natural resources).