Trout and Salmon Foundation Announces 2020 Grants to Support Habitat Improvement Projects in Cold Water Trout and Salmon Fisheries

September 18, 2020

Trout and Salmon Foundation (“TSF”) announced the 2020 grant recipients approved at TSF’s annual board meeting. TSF awarded almost $70,000 in grants to 18 community-based watershed organizations across North America.

 “Trout and Salmon Foundation’s grants will support our partners in reconnecting more than 100 miles of trout and salmon waters, developing critical spawning and rearing habitat in river side channels, and improving riparian and in-stream habitat for trout and salmon populations across North America,” said Harry Hanson, Trout and Salmon Foundation Chairman.

Trout and Salmon Foundation grant recipient organizations for 2020 include:

  • Appalachian Mountain Club: $5,000 to decommission a culvert on Farrar Brook (Maine) and restore a half mile of steam habitat to benefit native brook trout as part of AMC’s Restoring Native Trout Habitat in Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness project.
  • Atlantic Salmon Federation: $3,500 for the Walton’s Mill Dam removal on Temple Stream (Maine) in the Upper Kennebec River watershed that will provide Atlantic  salmon,  Eastern brook trout, American eel and other species with access to more than 52 miles of cold-water stream habitat.
  • Big Hole Watershed Committee: $5,000 to restore function and habitat in one mile  of  a  headwater  tributary to Bender Creek (Montana) in the upper Big Hole River watershed and to benefit native westslope cutthroat trout and Arctic grayling.
  • Central Wisconsin Trout Unlimited: $3,000 to improve and increase spawning habitat, juvenile nursery habitat and cover, and adult habitat and cover, as well as bank stabilization to support a naturally reproducing population of rainbow trout on the West Branch of the White River (Wisconsin).
  • Colorado Trout Unlimited: $5,000 to restore fish passage on Canyon Creek (Colorado), a tributary to the Colorado River, and reopen more than 10 miles of available spawning habitat for trout.
  • Conservation Resource Alliance: $5,000 to replace five culverts with full channel-spanning structures and reconnect four miles of stream habitat on the North Branch of the Platte River (Michigan) to benefit brook trout, brown trout as well as steelhead, coho and chinook salmon.
  • George Grant Trout Unlimited: $4,000 to reconnect five miles of Moose Creek with French Creek (Montana) in the Big Hole Watershed and to benefit native westslope cutthroat trout and Arctic grayling.
  • Henry’s Fork Foundation: $4,000 to restore 0.35 miles of riparian and instream habitat along Rainey Creek, a major tributary of South Fork Snake River, to improve  habitat complexity and promote Yellowstone cutthroat trout spawning and rearing in Rainey Creek.
  • Iowa Coldwater Conservancy: $3,000 to restore about 1,400 feet of streambank along Little Paint Creek (Iowa) and to improve habitat for wild brown trout and native brook trout, including one of only nine self-sustaining populations of South Pine-strain brook trout in the state.
  • Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group: $3,000 to support riparian revegetation efforts along the East Fork Bull River (Montana), an important spawning tributary for bull trout, a species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Montana Trout Unlimited: $4,834 to fund stream channel restoration to improve habitat on a quarter mile of Willow Springs Creek (Montana), the most important spawning tributary for brown trout and rainbow trout in the Jefferson watershed.
  • Native Fish Society: $4,000 to restore vital side-channel habitats of the Molalla River (Oregon) that provide critical cold-water refuges for protected spring chinook salmon, coho salmon, winter steelhead, and cutthroat trout.
  • Skagit County Public Works: $2,000 to support the Skagit River (Washington) Chinook Recovery Plan including the installation of 2,200 feet of off-channel habitat and creation of over 5 acres of wetted habitat to benefit federally threatened chinook salmon.
  • Trout Unlimited: $5,000 to complete 1.5 miles of large wood additions to Ashworth Brook (Maine), the largest tributary to the Middle Branch Pleasant River, to benefit native brook trout and endangered Atlantic salmon.
  • Trout Unlimited: $3,000 to install fish passage devices on Rock Creek (Montana) to prevent fish, including native bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout, from becoming entrained in a major irrigation ditch.
  • Trout Unlimited: $3,000 to replace two perched culverts on Trail Fork (Tennessee) with a new stream crossing structure that will reopen nearly 17 miles of stream habitat for recently reintroduced native Southern Appalachian brook trout.
  • Trout Unlimited: $3,000 to restore 250 feet of streambank, install in-stream features to improve habitat, and plant a riparian buffer to benefit wild brown trout as part of the Battenkill Restoration Project on the Battenkill River (New York).
  • Wood River Land Trust: $3,500 for enhancing floodplain and side channel habitats on the Big Wood River (Idaho) by removing rip-rap and fill material and to enhance and restore natural fluvial processes and provide spawning and rearing habitat for juvenile trout.

Over the past 50 years, TSF has invested more than $1.5 million in more than 400 habitat restoration and improvement projects in cold water trout and salmon fisheries in more than 25 states. 

About Trout and Salmon Foundation

Trout and Salmon Foundation was founded in 1969 to protect wild salmon and trout in North America. TSF enables and accelerates the work of local conservation organizations, landowners, and government agencies by providing grants to restore cold water fish habitat.

Trout and Salmon Foundation is a self-funding non-profit and 100% of all donations to TSF are used to fund habitat and restoration projects in trout and salmon waters across North America.


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