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Sep 12

Grants Benefiting Native Trout Awarded in Seven Western States

The Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) has awarded $31,965 out of its small grant program for 12 projects, which will be matched by $468,575 in other public and private funding. More than $500,000 in conservation efforts benefitting western native trout will occur as a result.

An initiative of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, WNTI, is a collaborative, multi-state, multi-partner effort that builds on the conservation needs of the many native trout species described in species conservation and recovery plans in the 12 western states where they can be found.

“We’re very grateful to our partners at Bass Pro Shops, Orvis, Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers, Blue Valley Ranch, and all our individual donors for supporting our 2016 Small Grants Program,” said Therese Thompson, WNTI Project Coordinator. “Over the last few years of funding, this grant program has consistently brought in some of the most innovative community-based project proposals that are making a difference for native trout conservation across the western U.S.”

Project summaries:

Arizona: Arizona's Apache Trout - Get to Know Your Native 
Applicant: Arizona Council, Trout Unlimited                                                                                                Amount: $1,500
This project is a coordinated education and outreach effort focusing on raising awareness for the native Apache Trout in Arizona. 

California: Lahontan Cutthroat Trout recovery interpretive panel  
Applicant: Southwest Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers                                          Amount: $1,500
This grant will fund an interpretive panel design/construction to inform and educate the public about the negative impacts of illegal stocking on native ecosystems, and urge fishermen to participate in the Heritage Trout Program, a program designed by California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife to restore opportunities for anglers to catch California's native trout.

Colorado: Restoration of Colorado's State Fish, the Greenback Cutthroat Trout     
Applicant: Colorado Trout Unlimited                                                                                                               Amount: $3,000
This project will support increased survival of Greenback Cutthroat Trout raised in state and federal hatcheries, and provide outreach about the efforts to restore the Greenback Cutthroat Trout to the South Platte River Basin. 

Colorado: Trout on Tejon    
Applicant: Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited                                                                      Amount: $3,000
This project is one component of a multi-pronged outreach effort to the Colorado Springs, Colorado, community about Greenback Cutthroat Trout and specifically the population of 600 Greenbacks that reside in Bear Creek, just outside of Colorado Springs. 

Colorado: Bear Creek Watershed/Jones Park Restoration: Directional and Interpretive Signage     
Applicant: El Paso County, Colorado                                                                                                               Amount: $3,000
WNTI funds will be used to design, purchase and install 20 directional signs and two interpretive panels incorporating educational information designed to show the relationship of the Greenback Cutthroat Trout and its aquatic habitat to the surrounding ecosystems and recreational opportunities.

Montana: Sucker Creek Westslope Cutthroat Trout Passage Project     
Applicant: Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited                                                                                    Amount: $3,000
This project will restore access to 1.5 miles of habitat and is part of a larger effort in the Blackfoot Watershed to work collaboratively across the watershed with a diverse group of stakeholders.

Montana: Dry Cottonwood Cross-boundary Trout Conservation      
Applicant: Clark Fork Coalition                                                                                                                         Amount: $3,000
This project will address fish passage and habitat quality issues on private and public lands within the 23-square mile Dry Cottonwood drainage of the Upper Clark Fork River. 

Montana: Temperature and Sediment Reduction to Improve Stream Health and Fish Habitat     
Applicant: Bitter Root Water Forum                                                                                                                Amount: $3,000
This project’s goal is to effectively enhance and restore Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Bull Trout habitat along more than one mile of over-grazed land on the East Fork of the Bitterroot River. 

Nevada: Exploration Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (LCT) Camp   
Applicant: Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum                                                                               Amount: $3,000
The core objective of this grant is to further develop, replicate and successfully deliver two additional weeks of the 5‐day “Exploration LCT” Camp in fall 2016 and/or spring 2017. 

Oregon: Bum Creek Instream Restoration     
Applicant: Smith River Watershed Council                                                                                                     Amount: $3,000
This is the final phase of a multi-year collaborative effort to rehabilitate aquatic habitat conditions and aquatic populations in Bum Creek, Oregon.

Oregon: Sprague River Restoration 2016    
Applicant: Klamath Lake Land Trust                                                                                                                Amount: $3,000
The project will add high-quality, complex habitat to an agricultural area that is otherwise marginal habitat. This section of the Sprague River is home to Upper Klamath Basin Redband Trout and is a migration route for Bull Trout and 10 other species of concern.

Washington: Redband Trout Thermal Habitat Assessment     
Applicant: Spokane Riverkeeper/Center for Justice                                                                                     Amount: $1,965
The Spokane Riverkeeper will conduct a temperature study that will provide a reach by reach assessment of thermal regimes in order to prioritize the restoration of stream habitat that supports Columbia Basin interior Redband Trout

Media Contact:
Therese Thompson, 303.236.4402
tthompson@westernnativetrout.org

For more information about the Small Grants Program, visit www.westernnativetrout.org

Since 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has advanced conservation in western North America. Representing 23 western states and Canadian provinces, WAFWA’s reach encompasses more than 40 percent of North America, including two-thirds of the United States. Drawing on the knowledge of scientists across the West, WAFWA is recognized as the expert source for information and analysis about western wildlife. WAFWA supports sound resource management and building partnerships at all levels to conserve wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens, now and in the future.  


Sep 01

WAFWA Issues Call for Sagebrush Science Initiative Projects

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has announced a call to prepare and submit proposals for funding research and technical assistance projects through the Sagebrush Science Initiative, a collaborative effort with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Approximately $350,000 has been earmarked for science grants, and several are expected to be awarded.

The Sagebrush Science Initiative.is a collaborative effort coordinated by WAFWA to identify and prioritize science needed for conservation of sagebrush dependent species. Existing and newly funded science will be incorporated into a Sagebrush Conservation Strategy to be developed by the end of 2018. 

The deadline for submitting proposals is October 14, 2016. Proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the Sagebrush Science Initiative Oversight Committee, a group of scientists and managers familiar with sagebrush conservation from federal and state agencies as well as universities.  Final selection of project awards will be made by October 31, 2016.

Full details are available HERE

Contact: Tom Remington
970-221-3310, remingtontom@msn.com

 

Since 1922, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has advanced conservation in western North America. Representing 23 western states and Canadian provinces, WAFWA’s reach encompasses more than 40 percent of North America, including two-thirds of the United States. Drawing on the knowledge of scientists across the West, WAFWA is recognized as the expert source for information and analysis about western wildlife. WAFWA supports sound resource management and building partnerships at all levels to conserve wildlife for the use and benefit of all citizens, now and in the future.

 


Aug 09

Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies on the USFWS F...

From the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies:

The state fish and wildlife agencies have a long history of working in close partnership with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to deliver on-the-ground fish and wildlife conservation for our citizens under the auspices of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.


Jul 26

WAFWA Honors Career Achievements of Western Conservation Professionals

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) is honoring conservation professionals from several western states with awards lauding their work to conserve fish and wildlife resources.


Jul 01

Aerial Surveys Document Stable Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population Trends

Biologists Note Annual Population Fluctuations, Emphasize Value of Improved Habitat.

The latest lesser prairie-chicken survey shows bird population trends remain stable after five years of aerial survey data collection. The surveys indicated an estimated breeding population of 25,261 birds this year which scientists say is not significantly different from the 29,162 birds estimated in 2015 given the variability in the survey methodology. This spring’s breeding population remains significantly larger than the 17,616 birds that were estimated in 2013 following two years of severe drought.


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