2011 WNTI Small Grants funding recipients:

 

Rattlesnake Creek Watershed Group, Community Stewardship Program

Grant Summary: Three community workshops were conducted in 2012, teaching 100+ citizens about stream health, plant and wildlife identification, threats to the creek, and restoration opportunities. Surveyed 5+ miles of Rattlesnake Creek and monitored invasive species, and collaborated with the Sussex School to coordinate the planting of 100+ native riparian shrubs as part of a restoration workday for 40 elementary students.  Click here to read the final report.


Friends of the Teton River, Upper Teton River project

Grant Summary: This project made improvements to seven existing public access locations along the upper Teton River, in Teton County, ID.  The improvements provided the public with bilingual fisheries conservation information, current Idaho Fish and Game fishing regulations and notices for the Teton River including trout identification, aquatic nuisance species information and prevention, and information regarding the importance of Yellowstone cutthroat trout protection and enhancement.   The Friends of the Tetons coordinated the design and installation of interpretive signs and regulations translated into Spanish and printed on durable outdoor signs.  Lastly, PVC fishing line recycling containers were installed and will be maintained by the local Trout Unlimited chapter.   All of these activities will improve boater and anglers knowledge of the management and restoration of Yellowstone Cutthroat trout. 


Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers (PUR), Education and Outreach

Grant Summary: PUR participated in the Umpqua Fisherman’s Association Canyonville Fish Release and taught over 250 5th and 6th graders about salmonids.  At a second 4-day event, PUR taught over 1,000 5th graders about the difference between native and nonnative trout, anadromous life cycles, and taught the students how to identify all Umpqua salmon and trout species.   PUR hosted a booth at the Douglas County earth Day fair to promote Umpqua River cleanup day, and a station to teach youth to fish.  Lastly, PUR hosted an educational youth activity teaching youth the value of replacing small, elevated culverts with large, fish-passage-friendly culverts. Click here to read the final report.


White Mountain Montessori School, Trout in the Classroom Project

Grant Summary: The kindergarten and elementary students at White Mountain Montessori School in Lakeside, AZ, completed their raising of native Apache Trout in the classroom as per the project agreement.  The students were actively involved in raising and monitoring the fish and studying their natural habitat, behavior and health.  Click here to read the final report.


Quivira Coalition, Surviving Climate Change: Building Resilience for the Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout

Grant Summary:  Stream restoration specialists and volunteers spent two days monitoring and assessing the successes and failures of existing in stream structures, providing a basis for creating and implementing a field season work plan for 2011.  They also initiated a geomorphologic survey and monitoring program for the tributaries in the upper Comanche Creek Watershed, and re-took photos at permanent photo-monitoring points along Comanche Creek to update existing (10 year) photo documentation project.   The Quivira Coalition also continued efforts to restore and maintain the integrity of Comanche Creek Watershed for the surviveability, adaptability, and health of Rio Grande CT and other native species.   Lastly, in August 2011, a team of stream restoration specialists ran a weekend long free workshop on stream and wetland restoration techniques for 30+ volunteers, accumulating a total of nearly 500 volunteer hours. Click here to read the final report.

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