Trout and Salmon Foundation Awards Nearly $70,000 to Thirteen Grassroots Watershed Organizations Protecting Cold Water Trout and Salmon Habitats
The community-led organizations will use the grants to improve river habitats and provide critical support to native and wild trout and salmon across the country
CHICAGO, IL — The Trout and Salmon Foundation (“TSF”), a volunteer organization supporting community-based watershed restoration projects dedicated to protecting and growing wild trout and salmon populations, announced today it awarded $69,000 in grants in 2023. This year’s grant recipients include 13 community-based watershed organizations across North America.
“The Trout and Salmon Foundation is a crucial partner for CRA’s River Care Work. TSF’s support for our projects carries incredible weight, especially with public funders who require private matching funds. And, equally important, TSF has proven itself to be a stable and reliable source of grant funding in good times and in bad,” said Kat Hansen, Development Director at Conservation Resource Alliance.
“In 2024, our grant partners will remove 9 fish passage barriers, reopening nearly a dozen miles of critical habitat, improve in-river habitat and riparian zones across miles of wild and native trout and salmon waters, and provide critical support to a variety of sensitive, threatened, and endangered fish species,” said William Bullock, the Chairman of Trout and Salmon Foundation.
The Trout and Salmon Foundation grant recipient organizations for 2023 include:
- Conservation Resource Alliance: $10,000 to remove three culverts on Crystal River (Michigan) and replacing them with a full channel-spawning bridge, reopening nearly five miles of habitat to benefit Steelhead and salmon. https://www.rivercare.org/
- Appalachian Mountain Club: $5,000 to remove two culverts in the West Branch of the Pleasant River drainage (Maine) to reopen nearly 1.0 mile of spawning and rearing habitat for eastern brook trout as part of AMC’s multi-year Restoring Native Brook Trout and Atlantic Salmon Habitat in Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness project. http://www.outdoors.org/
- Atlantic Salmon Federation: $5,000 to replace a culvert on Henry Mitchell Brook (Maine) and to reconnect 1.75 miles of Henry Mitchell Brook with Temple Stream, a tributary to the Sandy River in the Kennebec River watershed and to benefit Eastern brook trout and Atlantic salmon. http://www.asf.ca/
- Downeast Salmon Federation: $5,000 to replace an undersized culvert on Sodom Brook (Maine), a tributary to the Narraguagus River, and reopening nearly 0.5 miles of critical habitat to benefit Eastern brook trout and Atlantic salmon. https://www.mainesalmonrivers.org/
- Friends of the Teton River: $5,000 to place a stream crossing on Mahogany Creek (Idaho), a tributary of the Teton River, in order to improve fish passage and reduce sedimentation to benefit native Yellowstone cutthroat trout. https://www.tetonwater.org/
- Harry and Laura Nohr Chapter of Trout Unlimited: $5,000 for habitat restoration on approximately one mile of the Blue River (Wisconsin) to benefit wild brown trout and rainbow trout. https://www.nohrtu.com/
- Henry’s Fork Foundation: $5,000 to support and maintain riparian fencing within Harriman State Park to protect the diverse aquatic macroinvertebrates and robust rainbow trout population in the Henry’s Fork River (Idaho). https://www.henrysfork.org/
- Iowa’s Coldwater Conservancy: $5,000 to support habitat restoration and sediment removal on approximately 0.3 miles of Casey Springs (Iowa) to benefit brown trout and a restored population of native South Pine-strain brook trout. https://iowacoldwater.org/
- Montana Trout Unlimited: $5,000 to replace a derelict bridge that creates a fish passage barrier on Pintler Creek (Montana), one of the top spawning tributaries for fluvial Arctic grayling on the Big Hole River. https://montanatu.org/
- Montana Trout Unlimited: $5,000 for habitat restoration on one mile of Upper Willow Creek (Montana), an important spawning and rearing tributary of Rock Creek, to benefit native and wild trout populations. https://montanatu.org/
- Pathway to the Rockies Council, Boy Scouts of America: $5,000 to support habitat restoration on approximately 0.5 miles of the South Platte River (Colorado) to benefit wild brown trout and rainbow trout populations. https://www.pathwaytotherockies.org/
- Trout Unlimited Sebago Chapter: $5,000 to replace a culvert on Cole Brook (Maine), completing a long-term effort to reconnect Shepards River and its tributaries, and reopening and additional nearly 3 miles of habitat to benefit native brook trout. https://www.sebagotu.org/
- Batten Kill Watershed Alliance: $4,000 to support ongoing riparian buffer and floodplain restoration efforts on the Battenkill River (Vermont and New York) through the purchase and planting of 500 trees and to benefit native Eastern brook trout and wild brown trout. https://www.bkwa.org
About The Trout and Salmon Foundation
The Trout and Salmon Foundation (TSF) 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. Over the past 50 years, TSF has invested nearly $2.0 million in more than 400 habitat restoration and improvement projects sponsored by nearly 100 community-based watershed organizations across cold water trout and salmon fisheries in 35 states.