The Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) is a public-private Fish Habitat Partnership that works collaboratively across 12 western states to conserve, protect, restore and recover 21 native trout and char species. Formed in 2006, WNTI provides a new perspective and impetus to improve the return on investment of the time, money and manpower dedicated to native trout conservation. WNTI is an project of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and also recognized as a National Fish Habitat Partnership by the National Fish Habitat Action Plan.
Covering over 1.75 million square miles of public and privately managed lands, WNTI and our partners combine science-based assessments with expert and local knowledge to establish joint priorities for native trout conservation at a landscape scale. Since its inception in 2006, the Western Native Trout Initiative has directed over $4 million in federal fish habitat funds leveraged to $14 million public and private matching dollars for 113 priority native trout conservation projects.
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WNTI has created a beautiful story map highlighting our work and featuring a projects map and stories on Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, interior Redband Trout, Gila Trout, Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout, Coastal Cutthroat Trout, and Bonneville Cutthroat Trout. Click on the Photo to the left to check it out!
Blueheads and Bonnevilles and the Weber River Partnership New Film!
Be sure to check out this short film about the work we do with our partners in the Weber River in Utah. This makes a great outreach tool for these native fish, showcasing the work fish biologists do and the power of partnerships. This film is dedicated to the 10 year National Fish Habitat Partnership anniversary. If you like this video, please feel free to forward the link to colleagues, friends, or anyone you think would appreciate it and please encourage them to share it too!
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Chasing Native Trout
Have you ever caught a native Western trout? Well, do you want to? Thanks to our fish friends at the Western Native Trout Initiative, it’s now easier for all you DIY’ers to take a road trip next summer and catch the fish of your dreams.
See the blog post that was on Field and Stream!
Native trout live in some of the last wild places in North America. Getting there can be an adventure in and of itself.....your adventure awaits.
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