August 2016 News from the Western Native Trout Initiative, a project of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the National Fish Habitat Partnership.  
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2016 WNTI Small Grant recipients    

The Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) awarded $31,965 to 12 project proposals in July, matched by $468,575 in other public and private funding, for a total projects’ value of $500,540.   

WNTI gratefully thanks our partners at Bass Pro Shops, Orvis, Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers, Blue Valley Ranch, and all our individual donors for supporting our 2016 Small Grants Program!

Arizona's Apache Trout - Get to Know Your Native
Grant Applicant: Arizona Council, Trout Unlimited


Lahontan Cutthroat Trout recovery interpretive panel
Grant Applicant: Southwest Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers

Restoration of Colorado's State Fish, the Greenback Cutthroat Trout
Grant Applicant: Colorado Trout Unlimited

Trout on Tejon
Grant Applicant: Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Bear Creek Watershed/Jones Park Restoration: Directional and Interpretive Signage
Grant Applicant: El Paso County, Colorado

Sucker Creek Westslope Cutthroat Trout Passage Project
Grant Applicant: Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Dry Cottonwood Cross-boundary Trout Conservation
Grant Applicant: Clark Fork Coalition

Temperature and Sediment Reduction to Improve Stream Health and Fish Habitat
Grant Applicant: Bitter Root Water Forum

Exploration Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (LCT) Camp
Grant Applicant: Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

Bum Creek Instream Restoration
Grant Applicant: Smith River Watershed Council

Sprague River Restoration 2016
Grant Applicant: Klamath Lake Land Trust

Redband Trout Thermal Habitat Assessment
Grant Applicant: Spokane Riverkeeper/Center for Justice

For more information about each project, click here.  

Applications for WNTI NFHP/USFWS funding
Just a reminder that proposals for WNTI/National Fish Habitat Partnership/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funding in 2017 are due by October 7, 2016 at 5 pm (mountain).

Eligible Projects:  Projects considered for funding may include science-based voluntary and non-regulatory  habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement activities to benefit 21 species of western trout and char addressed by WNTI. Types of eligible activities may include riparian or instream habitat, protection, enhancement, and restoration. Examples are: barrier removal or construction; rangewide population or watershed habitat assessments needed for prioritization and planning of habitat conservation and evaluation; assessment, collection, and information required for instream flow or lake water level quantification, protection and restoration; and habitat-related community outreach and education actions.   NFHP funds can only be used for on-the-ground habitat projects and related design and monitoring activities; funds may not be used for acquisition  in fee or easement, research, or solely to support personnel and staff salaries or benefits.  

Available Funding:  WNTI anticipates receiving between $70,000 and $230,000 in NFHP funds for FY 2017 projects.  However, the exact amount of funding available to the partnership varies annually and is not known at this time.  This is a very competitive process and we anticipate the pool of applicants will exceed the available pool of funding.  Typical funding per project is in the range of $10K-$50K.  Successful proposals must demonstrate a minimum 1:1 match, which may include cash, time, materials, or other services and greater match is encouraged. Special consideration will be given to projects with more than the minimum match.

To see the full RFP, click here

All-Alaska Fish Habitat Partnerships ESRI Story Map     

WNTI is one of five national Fish Habitat Partnerships working in Alaska. With assistance from our partners from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and a very talented Directorate Fellow, we recently produced a beautiful story map highlighting our work in Alaska. Click on the photo below to check it out!   The full website can be viewed here.

Changes in WNTI Steering Committee
After months of hinting at big changes, Roger Harding (Alaska) officially announced his retirement in June (this time for real).  

Also in June, Lee Nelson (Montana) stepped off the Steering Committee in order to give another state agency a chance to participate.  

WNTI would like to recognize and thank Roger and Lee for their years of service to both WNTI and to native trout conservation in the west and to all they contributed over the years to making WNTI successful and a fun and fulfilling adventure!   

WNTI would also like to extend a "welcome" to our new Steering Committee members:  
  • Drew Cushing (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)
  • Kirk Patten (New Mexico Department of Game and Fish)
  • Paul Dey (Wyoming Game and Fish Department)
  • Tracy Smith (Alaska Department of Fish and Game) 
And certainly not last nor least, Jon Sjöberg (Nevada Department of Wildlife) is the new Vice-Chair of the WNTI Steering Committee, replacing Roger Wilson (Utah) who retired in January. 

Arizona Game and Fish Department's Aquatic Wildlife Branch is embarking on new and innovative ways to inform, engage, and provide transparency to partners and customers by launching a website called In the Current.   The website will house up-to-date information on numerous conservation projects in the Native Aquatics Program, with the goal of keeping the public informed on the progress toward recovery of Arizona’s endangered and sensitive native aquatic species. In the Current will also include ”A Day in the Field” highlighting what biologists are doing on a daily basis. 



The 501c3 National Fish Habitat Fund (doing business as Beyond the Pond) launched a new website.   Read more about all 20 Fish Habitat Partnerships and the national effort to engage new partners, donors, and funding to the National Fish Habitat Partnership effort.
Registration for The World of Trout - 1st International Congress is now OPEN!  Regular Registration ($400) began August 16th.  Student Registration is $175.   All registration will close September 15th.  

All social events for Congress registrants are included in the registration costs and registrant guest options are available.  For more information, contact the organizers at or 406-599-5001.

Interested in giving a talk or presenting a poster?  Submit your abstract HERE.


Thank you to all who made donations to support our conservation work! A special thank you to Bass Pro Shops, Orvis and Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers for their continuing support!

The future of native trout conservation depends directly on the generosity of individuals like you who care about sustaining healthy western watersheds.  When you give to WNTI, 100% of your donation benefits native trout - there are no overhead or administrative fees.  We leverage and match all donations alongside dedicated federal funds to jump-start critical, on-the-ground, locally led conservation projects within the last, best rivers and watersheds across the West.  To read more about how you can help, click here.

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Foundation for Western Fish and Wildlife is WNTI's 501c3 fiscal sponsor and accepts tax exempt donations on our behalf. To make an online donation to WNTI, please click on the DONATE HERE button below.
Operating under the guidance of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the Western Native Trout Initiative is governed by a Steering Committee that represents 12 western states, 5 federal resource management agencies, tribes, and nonprofit fisheries conservation organizations. 

Julie Meka Carter, Chair, Arizona Game and Fish Department
Sjöberg, Vice Chair, Nevada Department of Wildlife
Drew Cushing, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Bruce McIntosh, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Tracy Smith, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Kirk Patten, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish 
Jeff Dillon, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Craig Burley, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Paul Dey, Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Melissa Dickard, U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Scott Spaulding, U.S. Forest Service
Robert Clarke, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Warren Colyer, Trout Unlimited

Kelly Hepler, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Ed Schriever, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies


Therese Thompson, Project Coordinator

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