FULL REPORT — LEES FERRY RECREATIONAL FISHERY MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

FULL REPORT — LEES FERRY RECREATIONAL FISHERY MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS: THE VOICE OF LEES FERRY RECREATIONAL ANGLERS, GUIDES AND BUSINESSES

The Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited, Inc is proud to be a lead sponsor of the broad group of anglers, guides, businesses, organizations and agencies that have developed a comprehensive set of recommendations and rationale for a balanced management of the wild, self-sustaining Rainbow trout fishery at Lees Ferry on the Colorado River.   Individuals from AZ-TU’s member chapters have guided this effort, served on the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group (AMG) and the Technical Work Group (TWG) for the Department of the Interior, and continue to represent recreational angling as the Long Term Experimental and Management EIS for Glen Canyon Dam is developed by the Bureau of Reclamation and the National Park Service.

So TU is happy to welcome the release of the full recommendations report.  The complete report can be read and printed here:

Lees Ferry Recommendations -final- 8-2015

And a 2 page summary with links and contacts suitable for printing as a handout is here:

LF Recommendations summary Combo handout 8-25-15-1

ARIZONA COUNCIL OF TROUT UNLIMITED EXPANDS TROUT IN THE CLASSROOM (TIC) PROGRAM

The Arizona Council and Chapters of Trout Unlimited have just expanded the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program throughout the state.  The expansion program success is reported in the Winter 2015 edition of the Arizona Wildlife Federation Magazine “Arizona Wildlife News”.  The TIC expansion was the result of a collaboration between the Council and Chapters, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and the Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation, utilizing funds from the Arizona Conservation License Plate Fund.

The Arizona Wildlife News article is here:

AWF Article on AZ TIC Program Dec 2015

And the Arizona Council Trout Unlimited TIC website is here:

http://www.aztic.org/

2016 SEVENTH ANNUAL NATIVE AND WILD TROUT CONFERENCE WRAPUP

7th Annual Native and Wild Trout Conference
April 21, 2016
9:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.

8:55a.m.       Pre-Conference Slide Program  

9:00a.m.       Welcome and Introductions  –

Mike Anderson, AZGFD

9:05a.m.       Welcome from the Arizona Game and Fish Department

9:15a.m.       AGFD Legislative Update –

Jorge Canaca: Legislative Liaison; AGFD –

9:30a.m.       AGFD Coldwater Fisheries Vision and Management Plan – 

Andy Clark – AGFD 

10:00a.m.     Trout Unlimited Southwest Native Trout Strategy –

Jack Williams & Brad Powell – Trout Unlimited

10:30a.m.     Glen Canyon Dam: Long Term Experimental Management Plan

Chris Budwig, PhD & John Jordan – Trout Unlimited

10:45a.m.     Break

11:00a.m.   Temperature Monitoring Network – 

Dan Isaak – US Forest Service (webinar)

11:30a.m.   Distinguished Service for Conservation Awards –

John Jordan & Gary Stinson – Trout Unlimited

11:45a.m.  Group Photo

 12:00p.m.  Lunch  

1:15p.m.     Elements of Good Stream Monitoring Programs –

Dan Dauwalter – Trout Unlimited

1:45p.m.     Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) Programs –

Therese Thompson – WNTI Coordinator of Strategic Partnerships

(a) 2:15p.m. US Forest Service-Wildfire Risk Assessment –

Tessa Nicolet – US Forest Service 

2:45p.m.     BREAK

3:00p.m.     Making Hatcheries Work for Native Trout –

Nate Wiese: USFWS – Mora National Fish Hatchery 

3:20p.m.      Trout-In-the-Classroom (TIC) Program –

Jennifer Johnson – USFWS: Angela Mitchell – Shea Middle School
Josh Ruddick – Santa Rita High School; DJ Zor – Trout Unlimited

5:00 p.m.    BBQ Dinner:  Sponsors & Directions to Biscuit Tank &                Educational Building

4:30p.m.     Adjourn / “See You Next Year”

2015 SIXTH ANNUAL NATIVE AND WILD TROUT CONFERENCE

The Sixth Annual Arizona Native and Wild Trout Conference was at the AZGFD Headquarters on Thursday, April 23, 2015.   The conference was co-sponsored by the Arizona Department of Game and Fish and the Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited.

The conference is attended by those interested to meet, network, and develop future plans to promote restoration and management of native and wild coldwater fish species in Arizona and New Mexico. Over 100 individuals attended the conference representing more than 35 agencies and organizations involved in water conservation and management, trout recovery and habitat enhancement.

Agenda and Presentations

(Presentations are in PDF Format, Click on to View)

NWTC 2015 Final Agenda and Schedule (PDF)

Location

Arizona Game and Fish Department Headquarters
5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ

Food and Lodging

Free lunch was hosted by AZ Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation and AZ TU Council.

A free post-conference BBQ was hosted by the Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited.

2014 FIFTH ANNUAL NATIVE AND WILD TROUT CONFERENCE WRAPUP

The 2014 Arizona Native and Wild Trout Workshop was sponsored by Arizona Game & Fish Department and the Arizona Trout Unlimited State Council.Participants from over 30 Organizations gathered in Phoenix to network, share knowledge, and to develop and promote future plans for native and wild coldwater fish species in Arizona and New Mexico.April 24, 2014

April 25, 2014
Field Trip – Gila Trout Restoration Site Grapevine Creek
Sponsored by Arizona Game and Fish Department and Arizona Trout Unlimited State Council
Led by Mike Anderson, AZGFD

2012 THIRD ANNUAL ARIZONA NATIVE TROUT WORKSHOP

The 2012 Arizona Native Trout Workshop was sponsored by Arizona Game & Fish Department and the Arizona Trout Unlimited State Council.

**View welcome video from Chris Wood, CEO of Trout Unlimited!

Interested parties gathered in Phoenix to network, to share knowledge, and to develop and promote future plans for native coldwater fish species in Arizona.

This year’s meeting was highlighted by presentations on the the devastating effect of wildfires on Arizona’s native trout, and on the efforts to restore their natural habitat.

A wealth of information was developed through presentations, breakout sessions and general discussions. The following materials and presentations are now available for free download:

(media to follow)