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 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. 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.
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.
Endorsed by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. WNTI is recognized as a National Fish Habitat Partnership by the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. We have partnered with all the western states, 5 federal agencies, numerous Native American Tribes, local enthusiasts, Trout Unlimited, Orvis, Simms Fishing products, the Federation of Fly Fishers, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, and numerous nonprofit partners to further our cause with their direct support.