News & Announcements


Get Inspired! Watch this inspirational video produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about our 2014 Sun Creek project in Crater Lake National Park. 

WNTI's RFP for our 2018 NFHP funding grant cycle is now closed. Thank you to all that applied.  


We've assembled a series of  courses full of tips and tricks for chasing these beautiful fish. As part of each course you receive one email per week chock full of information for planning your next great adventure. You can pick one series or all of them and get tips and tricks about native trout from New Mexico to Alaska and everything in between.  See more on our outreach tab or click here.

Want to represent your favorite native trout? We are excited to announce WNTI's collaborative project with Rep Your Water - a different hat to represent all of WNTI's 21 species. 

WNTI has created a beautiful story map For the Fish, For Us All: The Stories of the Western Native Trout Initiative that features 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. 

Read our December 2017 newsletter here

Our Blueheads and Bonnevilles short film has been released!  We are very proud of this partnership for the Weber River, Utah, and hope the film will inspire you. Look for more information under the Outreach tab, or click here.

The Coastal Fish Habitat Partnerships' Fall e newsletter can be viewed here.

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The Western Native Trout Initiative 


Bull trout.  Photo credit: Wade Fredenberg

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 workforce dedicated to native trout conservation.  WNTI is a collaborative, multi-state approach that requires the involvement of a wide range of partners – from public agencies to private individuals to conservation–minded organizations and corporations.  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. The Partnership plays an important role in conserving water in the West for future generations. Since its inception in 2006, the Western Native Trout Initiative has directed almost $5 million in federal fish habitat funds leveraged to $19 million public and private matching dollars for 123 priority native trout conservation projects.


WNTI provides a forum for partners to coordinate and invest their collective assets and capacity toward completing the highest-priority, native trout conservation efforts across the West.  Proposed and led by local communities and resource agencies, these projects are funded and supported through WNTI's grant programs and in-kind contributions by our partners.


An Initiative of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), WNTI is also recognized as a National Fish Habitat Partnership by the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. We have partnered with all the western state fish and wildlife agencies, 5 federal natural resource agencies, numerous Native American Tribes, Trout Unlimited, Orvis, Bass Pro Shops, Simms Fishing products, land trusts, local enthusiasts, the Federation of Fly Fishers, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, and numerous nonprofit partners to further our cause.


The Foundation for Western Fish and Wildlife is WNTI's 501c3 fiscal sponsor and accepts tax exempt donations on our behalf.  100% of donations goes toward western native trout projects.  You can help us conserve western native trout! 



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