2012 WNTI Small Grants funding recipients:

 

Wild Fish Conservancy, Upper Wynoochee River, WA, bull trout population assessment

Grant Summary:  The Wild Fish Conservancy will organize extensive night snorkel surveys of the Upper Wynoochee drainage to assess the presence or absence of bull trout in the river, and collect fin clips for genetic analysis. Click here to read the final report.


Friends of the Teton River, Canyon Creek Fish Movement Study and Fish Ladder Construction

Grant Summary:  Goal 1: During the summer of 2013, Friends of the Teton River, with help from Idaho Fish and Game, the US Forest Service, and volunteers, spent several days in Canyon Creek and the Teton River below the Canyon Creek confluence, PIT tagging native and non-native trout to study how fluvial trout utilize this drainage. Goal 2: The informational kiosk signs were designed in September-October of 2013 and installed with the help of volunteers in late October adjacent to the Green Canyon Hot Springs Campground. Goal 3: Friends of Teton River completed design plans for the step pools in 2013 and was granted an extension to complete this portion of the project in 2014.  Prior to construction of the ladder, cutthroat had to jump over a 3 footdam in order to migrate upstream to spawn and to move upstream to cold water refugia in the summer. This project provided passage for cutthroat over the dam by installing 5 step pools below the dam reducing the amount the cutthroat have to jump to approximately 8 inches. Click here to view the final report.


Upper Bear River Chapter Trout Unlimited (UBRTU), Upper Bear River Bonneville telemetry study

Grant Summary: Ten Bonneville cutthroat trout (BCT) were caught and fitted with telemetry tags in March and July 2013, and subsequently tracked. The Adopt-a-Trout classroom collected data and tracked Bonneville cutthroat trout movements.  Data from telemetry tagging efforts has been used to successfully obtain funding to remove a diversion dam that is blocking access to traditional spawning grounds of Bonneville cutthroat trout in upper Bear River drainage.   This diversion will be removed by January 2014, and result in reconnection of 58 miles of river. Movements of the tagged Bonneville cutthroat trout will be monitored to ascertain success of reconnection projects in Bear River.  Click here to read the final report.


Wyoming Trout Unlimited, Telemetry study for Meeteetse, WY, Greybull watershed Adopt-a-Trout

Grant Summary:  This study documents Yellowstone cutthroat trout (YCT) movement in the Greybull River drainage before and after the replacement of the Upper Sunshine Diversion and installation of a fish ladder. In addition, the study identified other potential barriers to YCT movement and diversions that may entrain large numbers of YCT. This project directly dovetails with previous Trout Unlimited and Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) efforts in the drainage.  Telemetry tags were purchased and fish were tagged.  Each trout tagged was adopted by the students and the movement monitored throughout the school year.  Each month, WY TU and agency personnel updated students with fish locations, and provide a lesson to further student understanding of the resources and fish life cycles.  Click here to read the final report.   


Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers, Education and Outreach

Grant Summary: An all- weather display was created to support and educational station on invasive species and human behavior to prevent the spread of invasive species. Additional educational materials were created for a “What is Salmon” activity that explores the fish the call the Umpqua home.  Lastly, educational materials were created to illustrate the value of barrier free streams to salmon and trout.  All materials have been made available for ongoing school use. Click here to view the final report.


Burns Paiute Tribe High Lake Brook trout removal and public outreach

Grant Summary: This project was amended to be completed in the summer of 2014.  On August 16, 2014 the Burns Paiute Tribe Natural Resources Dept. hosted a competitive fishing event at High Lake in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness.  Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife fish biologists gave interactive presentations to participants highlighting the detrimental effects nonnative brook trout pose to native trout in the watershed and also provided detailed information about activities underway to curtail the impacts of brook trout and to promote bull trout populations in the Upper Malheur River and its tributaries.  Educational/informational materials were distributed and a local newspaper wrote a full length article on current brook trout removal efforts the week prior to the event.