The 21 native trout, char and kokanee addressed by the Western Native Trout Initiative have long been considered as biologically, recreationally and culturally important. While local conservation actions have occurred, overall range-wide recovery and coordinated management of western native trout generally has been addressed in a fragmented approach.
The Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) provides a new perspective and impetus to improve the return on investment of the time, money and manpower dedicated to native trout conservation over the next decade. WNTI is a collaborative, multi-state approach that requires the involvement of a wide range of partners – from private individuals to conservation–minded organizations and corporations.
The Western Native Trout Initiative is endorsed and administered by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and is recognized as a National Fish Habitat Partnership by the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. We have partnered with the Orvis Company, Trout Unlimited, Simms Fishing Products, the Federation of Fly Fishers, the Western Landowners Alliance, Umpqua Fly-Fishing and many others to further our cause with their direct support.
Partnership is the key component in making WNTI work. Partners work together to become one voice for the future of these iconic fishes. Partners give local, regional, and national support, either through time, money, or manpower. Because the partnership is long-term and includes many agencies, local organizations, and individuals with different fields of expertise, each partner ia a vital link in preserving, protecting, and enhancing the status of native trout, char and kokanee across the West.
You have the opportunity to play a key role in guaranteeing our native trout heritage in America. WNTI Partners are the keystone for on-the-ground projects as well as being the local eyes and ears of the partnership. WNTI Partners will receive and be provided information that is important to native trout management in your area, as well as across the West.
Whether it is becoming involved with a local native trout enhancement project, providing funding or support for a important state or regional trout habitat project, joining the WNTI Partners Council, or helping to seek Congressional funding for the Initiative, your decision to invest in, and support the future of western native trout is vital to their survival.
For further information please contact:
Therese Thompson, Project Coordinator
Western Native Trout Initiative
134 Union Boulevard, Suite 665
Lakewood, CO 80228