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WNTI launches Chasing Native Trout campaign.  

Chasing native trout requires 2 things: Knowing where they live,  and a sense of adventure. We've got you covered on where to find them. Just sign up for our 4 part series "Chasing Natives":

We will walk you through where and how to fish for Rio Grande Cutthroat, Bonneville Cutthroat, Westslope Cutthroat, and Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.

WNTI's 2016 Small Grants Program Requests for Proposals is out!  Click on Funding tab above to read more and to download the RFP!  Applications are due by June 17, 2016.

The May 2016 WNTI e-newsletter is available here.

Click here to read a feature article about Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Conservation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.   

Congratulations to our successful 2016 habitat project applicants!

For a list of 2016 successful native trout habitat project applicants and complete project descriptions, visit the Projects tab and then click on 2016 Funded Projects. Thank you to all who applied in what was once again a competitive year for funding!  

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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.   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.


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 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.


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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