The Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) has awarded $23,205 out of its small grant program for nine projects, which will be matched by $514,364 in other public and private funding. More than $537,569 in conservation efforts benefitting western native trout will occur as a result.
“We’re very grateful to our partners at Rocky Mountain Flyathlon, RepYourWater, Basin+Bend, and all our individual donors for supporting our 2018 Small Grants Program,” said Therese Thompson, WNTI Project Coordinator. “The community-based projects were selected because of their emphasis on collaborative action and outreach to help address challenges facing the restoration and recovery of western native trout.”
California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington
Bring Back the Natives - Redband Trout Poster Campaign
Applicant: Idaho Trout Unlimited
This project is a coordinated education and outreach effort focusing on raising awareness for the native Interior Redband Trout in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington states.
Colorado: Get to Know Your Native - Greenback Cutthroat Trout Poster & Printing
Applicant: Colorado Trout Unlimited
Project funds support design and printing of a poster and high-profile restoration project brochure focusing on raising awareness of the native Greenback Cutthroat Trout in Colorado.
Colorado: Confluence Barrier-Disturbed Area and Riparian Rehabilitation
Applicant: Five Rivers Trout Unlimited
Project objectives are to recover ground disturbed during the construction of the “Confluence” barrier on mainstem Hermosa Creek, the final barrier supporting 23+ miles of contiguous Colorado River Cutthroat Trout habitat. Site recovery will include planting of willows and native grasses.
Colorado: Brewery outreach/Know Your Native Campaign
Applicant: Colorado Trout Unlimited
The project seeks to strengthen new and existing partnerships, facilitate community dialogue and understanding of native trout recovery, and create and disseminate communications materials about native trout recovery and watershed health along Colorado’s northern Front Range.
Oregon: Match the Hatch
Applicant: North Fork John Day Watershed Council
The applicant will work with partners to deliver an outreach and education program using classroom sessions, field site visits, fly tying and casting classes to teach the cultural, ecological, and economic importance of five native fish species to area youth.
Oregon: Rapid Riparian Re-vegetation Beaver Dam Analogues
Applicant: South Fork John Day Watershed Council
Grant funds will support purchase and installation of four temperature loggers to assess the effectiveness of Rapid Riparian Revegetation and installation of beaver dam analogues in restoring stream conditions to a 4 mile project site.
Utah: Sheep Creek Lake Fish Trap Construction
Applicant: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Grant funds support signage and public education for a fish trap critical to maintaining a wild brood stock of Colorado River Cutthroat trout essential for conservation and propagation in Utah.
Washington: A Test for Trout
Applicant: Okanogan Land Trust
Using eDNA (environmental DNA) sampling techniques, the applicant will determine presence or absence of Westslope Cutthroat Trout, Interior Redband Trout, and Bull Trout on four creeks in Washington, and work with interested landowners to conserve fish habitat.
Wyoming: Popo Agie Gold
Applicant: ATLAS at Lander Arts and Sciences
The project raises awareness of water use through 4-12th grades and adult watershed education and exploration, and service learning opportunities stocking fish, planting willows and stabilizing riverbanks.
WNTI is an initiative of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies that seeks to cooperatively restore and recover 21 western native trout and char species across their historic range. Since its inception in 2006, WNTI has directed almost $5 million in federal fish habitat funds leveraged with an additional $19 million public and private matching dollars for 123 priority native trout conservation projects.
For more information about the Small Grants Program, visit www.westernnativetrout.org
Therese Thompson, 303.236.4402
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