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Upper Colorado River Basin Conservation Priorities Project final report and dataset available! WNTI, working in collaboration with the Desert Fish Habitat Partnership and the University of Missouri, just released the final report and datasets for the Upper Colorado River Basin Conservation Priorities Project.  You can download both here: 

The Kern River Valley Historical Society announces the publication of its most recent book, “The Golden Trout Wilderness: The Forty Year Struggle to Preserve the Ancient Territory of the California Golden Trout.”  Click here!

Got a Fishy Story to tell? We invite you to submit a film to the American Fisheries Society film festival in Oregon this August. Check out the film submission guidance and online submission form here.

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 110 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.



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