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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.

Proposals are due October 12, 2015, at 5 pm mountain time for 2016 grant funding through WNTI for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/NFHP funds.   For more informationclick here.  

The Fall Coastal Fish Habitat Partnerships e-news is available here.

Congratulations to our 2015 small grants recipients! Click here to view the August 2015 WNTI newsletter for more details. 

New web viewer for coastal cutthroat trout assessment

A web based mapping application has been developed to support the ongoing Coastal cutthroat trout Range-wide Assessment. Take a look! 

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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 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.


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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