The Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) was formed in 2006 to incorporate the best conservation strategies of existing ventures to save trout that many regard as icons of the American West.
The 21 native trout and char addressed by WNTI 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 and char generally has been addressed in a fragmented approach. By working together, the partners in WNTIstrive to implement the most strategic actions needed to benefit these trout and char. And by working together to establish secure populations, WNTI will also benefit anglers by enhancing recreational fishing opportunities for unique trout species across the West.
The Arizona Council of TU has been fortunate to be a recipient of several grants to advance the commitments of WNTI (www.westernnativetrout.org).