Trout and Salmon Foundation Celebrates 50th Anniversary and Announces 2019 Grants to Support Habitat Improvement Projects in Cold Water Trout and Salmon Fisheries

September 21, 2019

Salida, Colorado – Trout and Salmon Foundation (“TSF”) announced its 2019 grant recipients approved at TSF’s annual board meeting.

 “Over the past 50 years TSF has granted more than $1.5 million to enable our partners to complete cold water habitat improvement projects in trout and salmon waters from coast-to-coast,” said Harry Hanson, Trout and Salmon Foundation Chairman.

Trout and Salmon Foundation grants for 2019 include:

  • American Rivers: $4,000 to support the removal of Patton Dam on Chest Creek (Pennsylvania) and to open up 38 miles of habitat for wild brook trout.
  • Appalachian Mountain Club: $4,000 to decommission a culvert on the West Branch of the Pleasant River (Maine) and reopen nearly five miles of stream to benefit native brook trout.
  • Clear Water Trout Unlimited: $4,000 to perform in-stream habitat restoration on the Batten Kill River (New York) to benefit Eastern Brook Trout and wild brown trout.
  • Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group: $3,000 to decommission nearly four miles of road in the Emma Creek (Montana) drainage, a tributary of the Clark Fork River, to reduce downstream sedimentation and to benefit Westslope Cutthroat Trout.
  • Montana Trout Unlimited: $5,000 to install a fish passage barrier on Cottonwood Creek (Montana) to protect a genetically pure-strain of native Westlope Cutthroat trout.
  • Oregon Natural Desert Association: $4,000 to restore three miles of Hay Creek (OR) to retain scarce desert water and improve fish habitat for summer Steelhead, spring and fall Chinook Salmon, Interior Redband Trout and Pacific lamprey.
  • Pisgah Trout Unlimited: $3,500 to construct rock and log vanes in Davidson River (North Carolina) in order to create pools and riffles to better support the existing wild trout population.
  • Skagit County: $3,000 to remove a culvert on Maddox Creek (Washington) and improve fish passage on 4 miles of water for Steelhead, Coho, Chum, and Pink Salmon, and resident and Searun Cutthroat Trout.
  • Trout Unlimited: $4,000 to fund in-stream large wood additions to headwater tributaries of the West Branch White River (Vermont) and the East Branch Deerfield River (Vermont) to benefit native brook trout.
  • Elliott Donnelley Trout Unlimited: $5,000 to remove a fish passage barrier on Trout Creek (Michigan) and re-connect 7.4 miles of coldwater habitat; restoring headwater reaches that wild trout use for spawning and seasonal thermal refuge.
  • Trout Unlimited: $4,000 to install a fish screen on an irrigation diversion on Rock Creek (Montana) to prevent entrapment of native Bull Trout and Westslope Cutthroat Trout in the diversion.
  • Trout Unlimited: $3,500 for the replacement of an undersized and perched culvert on McDonald Creek (Wisconsin) and create access to 3 miles of upstream access for native brook trout and wild brown trout.
  • Ammonoosuc Chapter Trout Unlimited: $4,000 to purchase native trees, shrubs, and plants to restore water quality, bank stability and degraded riparian habitat along Childs Brook (New Hampshire).
  • Trout Unlimited: $4,000 to reconnect over 21 stream miles for native cutthroat trout by replacing 4 undersized culverts on Shale Creek (Wyoming).

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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