Western Native Trout Initiative announces 2015 Request For Proposals

The Western Native Trout Initative (WNTI) and our partners are proud to announce our 2015 request for project proposals. As one of 19 federally recognized National Fish Habitat Partnerships, WNTI is a collaborative effort between 12 western states, 5 federal agencies, sovereign tribes, and private conservation groups that seek to cooperatively protect, restore, enhance, and recover 21 western native trout and char species and sub-species across their historic range.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Determines ESA Protection for the Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout is Not Warranted

After review of the best available scientific and commercial information, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) found that listing the Rio Grande cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii virginalis) under the Endangered Species Act is not warranted at this time. Therefore, the Service will remove this subspecies from the candidate list.

The Service found that the Rio Grande cutthroat trout is not in danger of extinction throughout its range or in a significant portion of its range now, nor is it likely to become so in the foreseeable future. However, the Service is asking the public to submit any new information that becomes available concerning the status of the Rio Grande cutthroat trout at any time.

This finding is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket Number FWS-R2-ES-2014-0042. View the press release here:
http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/pressrel/2014/10012014_ServiceDeterm...

Upper Missouri River Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Arctic grayling does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)

The Western Native Trout Initiative includes Arctic Grayling in the lower 48 states and Alaska as one of the species we include in our conservation efforts.

MONTANA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its finding on August 20, 2014, that the Upper Missouri River Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Arctic grayling does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service reached this conclusion after analyzing the significant conservation efforts carried out by private landowners as well as federal and state agency partners to improve conditions for Arctic grayling in the Upper Missouri River basin. These efforts have helped bring the species to the point that it is not in danger of extinction now or in the foreseeable future, i.e., does not meet the definition of an endangered or threatened species under the ESA.

Private landowners in the Big Hole and Centennial valleys worked through a voluntary Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances (CCAA) to achieve significant conservation of grayling within its range. Since 2006, over 250 conservation projects have been implemented under the CCAA to conserve Arctic grayling and its habitat, including: riparian fencing, irrigation flow reductions, improved irrigation infrastructure, fish ladders, improved stock water systems, and both passive and active stream restoration. Habitat quality has improved and grayling populations have more than doubled since the CCAA began in 2006.

For more information: http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/pressrel/2014/08192014_ArcticGraylin...

WNTI announces 2014 grant recipients

The Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) received 33 applications for 2014 funding in a very competitive funding cycle. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application, we appreciate your efforts to conserve western native trout! Congratulations to the following successful projects:


Whitewater-Baldy Gila trout habitat assessment, New Mexico

Yankee Run Creek (Coquille River) LWD restoration for Coastal cutthroat trout, Oregon

Sun Creek historic channel reconnection to improve Bull trout and Redband trout habitat, Oregon

Clear Creek Bonneville cutthroat trout restoration project, Utah

For more information on all of these projects, please see the WNTI August 2014 Web News or click on the Projects page.