Western Native Trout Initiative announces 2015 Request For Proposals

The Western Native Trout Initative (WNTI) and our partners are proud to announce our 2015 request for project proposals. As one of 19 federally recognized National Fish Habitat Partnerships, WNTI is a collaborative effort between 12 western states, 5 federal agencies, sovereign tribes, and private conservation groups that seek to cooperatively restore and recover 21 western native trout and char species and sub-species across their historic range.

WNTI announces 2014 grant recipients

The Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) received 33 applications for 2014 funding in a very competitive funding cycle. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application, we appreciate your efforts to conserve western native trout! Congratulations to the following successful projects:

Whitewater-Baldy Gila trout habitat assessment, New Mexico

Yankee Run Creek (Coquille River) LWD restoration for Coastal cutthroat trout, Oregon

Sun Creek historic channel reconnection to improve Bull trout and Redband trout habitat, Oregon

Clear Creek Bonneville cutthroat trout restoration project, Utah

For more information on all of these projects, please see the WNTI August 2014 Web News or click on the Projects page.

Upper Missouri River Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Arctic grayling does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)

The Western Native Trout Initiative includes Arctic Grayling in the lower 48 states and Alaska as one of the species we include in our conservation efforts.

MONTANA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its finding on August 20, 2014, that the Upper Missouri River Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Arctic grayling does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service reached this conclusion after analyzing the significant conservation efforts carried out by private landowners as well as federal and state agency partners to improve conditions for Arctic grayling in the Upper Missouri River basin. These efforts have helped bring the species to the point that it is not in danger of extinction now or in the foreseeable future, i.e., does not meet the definition of an endangered or threatened species under the ESA.

Private landowners in the Big Hole and Centennial valleys worked through a voluntary Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) to achieve significant conservation of grayling within its range. Since 2006, over 250 conservation projects have been implemented under the CCAA to conserve Arctic grayling and its habitat, including: riparian fencing, irrigation flow reductions, improved irrigation infrastructure, fish ladders, improved stock water systems, and both passive and active stream restoration. Habitat quality has improved and grayling populations have more than doubled since the CCAA began in 2006.

For more information: http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/pressrel/2014/08192014_ArcticGraylin...

WNTI is a proud sponsor of the Wild Trout Symposium

WNTI is proud to be a sponsor of Wild Trout XI, being held September 22-25, 2014 in West Yellowstone, Montana. Stop by and visit our table!

www.wildtroutsymposium.org for more information or to register.

Since the first Wild Trout Symposium in 1974, concerned anglers, biologists and fisheries managers have gathered to share their passion for wild trout. Wild Trout Symposium brings us all together in a world of changing environments, philosophies and politics. The Symposium welcomes your knowledge and fellowship as we work to sustain this precious resource for future generations.

Our mission is to provide a forum for professional wild trout biologists and fishery conservationists to interact, to get to know each other in an informal setting, and to be exposed to the latest wild trout status, science, technology and philosophy. These conferences equip participants to better preserve and restore this magnificent but declining resource.