Since its inception in 2006, the Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) has directed over $4 million in federal fish habitat funds leveraged to $15 million public and private matching dollars for 116 priority native trout conservation projects. By leveraging funding provided to WNTI by the National Fish Habitat Partnership, WNTI and its many partners have successfully improved
the status of western native trout populations in 12 western states including Alaska. With the collaboration and coordination of WNTI Partners, together we have removed 56 barriers to fish passage, reconnected or improved 494 miles of native trout habitat, and placed 28 protective fish barriers to protect 570 miles of important native trout habitat.
We had significant new outreach programming implemented in 2015, with the launch of our new website, active outreach through social media and a quarterly e-newsletter, hosting two symposia at the American Fisheries Society annual meeting, and launch of our Chasing Native Trout campaign. Despite funding limitations for 2015, WNTI was able to award funding to three habitat restoration projects benefiting our priority species. We funded 3 projects with a total of $128,710 National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) funds and $99,110 of National Fish Passage Program (NFPP) funds leveraged to partner matches of almost $1,013,000. We also re-invigorated our Small Grants Program, funding 4 small grant projects using non-federal funds contributed by partners and donors.