Since its inception in 2006, the Western Native Trout Initiative has directed over $4 million in federal fish habitat funds leveraged to $14 million public and private matching dollars for 110 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 48 barriers to fish passage, reconnected or improved 466 miles of native trout habitat, and placed 26 protective fish barriers to conserve 570 miles of important native trout conservation populations.
In order to ensure our collaborative investments are directed toward the highest priority projects, the Western Native Trout Initiative has funded over 600 watershed, fish population, and habitat surveys. In 2013, an important genetic assessment of Redband trout in the interior Pacific Northwest was completed, and a new status review of Coastal cutthroat trout was begun. Gila trout assessments were completed in Arizona and New Mexico in response to catastrophic wildfires in 2011 and 2012. WNTI also collaborated with partners in the development of habitat conservation priorities in the Upper Missouri River Basin and the Upper Colorado River Basin.
The Western Native Trout Initiative and our partners - including twelve western states, five federal agencies, and grassroots conservation groups - worked together in 2008 to develop "A Plan for Strategic Actions", establishing strategic goals, objectives and specific actions for conserving, protecting and restoring 15 western native trout char and inland salmon species and sub-species. Our approach includes increasing coordination between resource management agencies and local community groups; leveraging and focusing public and private resources on common priorities; raising awareness for the importance of western native trout; and increasing accountability by measuring the impact of our work over time. In 2010, the WNTI Steering Committee formally amended the Plan for Strategic Actions to include 6 core conservation populations of native Arctic Char, Arctic Grayling, Dolly Varden, freshwater Rainbow trout sub-species, freshwater Kokanee and Lake Trout within historical range as species of interest and targets for conservation actions.
The final approved Appendum document is available here. If you need to reference either document , please use the following notations:
1. Western Native Trout Initiative Work Group. 2008. Western Native Trout Initiative-A Plan for Strategic Action. Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Cheyenne, WY. 35p.
2.Western Native Trout Initiative Steering Committee. 2010. Addendum to the 2008 Plan for Strategic Action. Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Cheyenne, WY. 7p.
To read more about the individual species of trout, char and kokanee conserved by the Western Native Trout Initiative, click on the "What are Western native Trout?" tab above.
WNTI newsletter Archive
- Progress is being made on efforts to restore Yellowstone cutthroat trout 300,000 lake trout culled @SeattlePI t.co/3fN3Ntgn
- Threatened Gila trout returned to home streams in southwestern NM t.co/HwMUJ5Rl via @wordpressdotcom
- Public-Private collaborative land purchase benefits native bull and cutthroat trout in Montana t.co/aROogXKW
- @forestservice invites public comment on Bear Creek management, home to last pure greenback cutthroat trout t.co/Yp9eO6aN
- Need support for a high impact western #nativetrout project? One week left to submit your @FishHabitat proposals t.co/yqR6PKEM
- Conservation and sportsmen's groups work together w industry to permanently protect the Hoback near Teton National Park t.co/slqoFRwD