Trout and Salmon Foundation 2016 Grants Fund Impactful Trout and Salmon Habitat Improvement Projects From Coast to Coast

Missoula, Montana – Trout and Salmon Foundation (“TSF”) announced its 2016 grant recipients approved at TSF’s annual board meeting.

 “Consistent with Trout and Salmon Foundation’s long history, we are thrilled to support our conservation partners in funding meaningful trout and salmon habitat improvement projects.  This year TSF funded 16 projects in salmon waters in Washington’s Pacific Northwest to classic Western trout regions including Montana, Idaho and Colorado, to brook trout streams in the Midwest including Wisconsin and Michigan, along with Atlantic Salmon rearing grounds in Nova Scotia and Maine, and trout streams in West Virginia,” summarized James Budelman, Trout and Salmon Foundation Chairman.

Trout and Salmon Foundation grants for 2016 include:

Conservation Resource Alliance: $2,000 to install and manipulate large woody debris on Big Sable River (Michigan) to diversify instream habitat while maintaining navigability and reducing bank erosion.

Atlantic Salmon Federation: $2,000 to remove Coopers Mill Dam and portions of Head Tide Dam on Sheepscot River (Maine) to open up access to 71 miles of river for Atlantic salmon, brook trout, river herring and American shad.

Trout Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Flycasters Chapter: $2,000 to fund habitat restoration on the Big Thompson River (Colorado)  to increase resiliency of the river ecosystem in the next flood event, enhance riparian habitat and restore aquatic habitat.

Montana Trout Unlimited: $5,000 to acquire and install a fish screen and restore 600 feet of spawning side channel on Rattlesnake Creek (Montana), a tributary of Clark For River, and to benefit bull trout, west slope cutthroat and migratory wild trout.

Elliott Donnelley Trout Unlimited: $2,000 to install a foot bridge and reinforce banks to stop deposits of sediment into Yellow Dog Creek (Michigan).

Henry’s Fork Foundation: $1,000 to purchase materials required to finish 1.5 miles of fencing in Harriman East along the Snake River (Idaho) in order to reduce degradation along the banks of the river and to protect wild trout habitat in tow of the most prized sections of the Henry’s Fork.

Rogue River Watershed Council: $2,000 to remove the Beeson-Robinson Diversion Dam on Wagner Creek (Oregon) and build a re-profiled stream channel with a new irrigation water collection box to benefit trout, juvenile steelhead, and juvenile Coho Salmon.

Yellowstone Park Foundation: $4,000 to support restoration of Yellowstone Lake’s (Montana) native Yellowstone cutthroat trout through Lake Trout suppression efforts.

Trout Unlimited: $2,000 to purchase containerized trees, fencing and stakes to restore two acres of riparian area along Whitethorn Creek (West Virginia).

Downeast Salmon Federation: $2,000 to support a conservation hatchery which employs techniques designed to produce exceptionally fit Atlantic salmon pre-adapted to the East Machias (Maine) river environment.

Trout Unlimited: $2,000 to remove four culverts on North Otter Creek (Wisconsin) and reconnect 14 miles of headwater streams that serve as important spawning and rearing habitat to native brook trout.

Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited: $2,000 to purchase a self-cleaning fish screen and a head gate as part of upgrading an existing irrigation diversion structure on the Blackfoot River (Montana) that entrains high numbers of native west slope cutthroat trout and bull trout.

Colorado Trout Unlimited: $2,000 to install a final downstream fish barrier on Hermosa Creek (Colorado) that will secure and allow for the connection of 20+ miles of high quality habitat for a true native trout stronghold.

Nisqually River Foundation: $2,000 to restore riparian habitat on Muck Creek (Washington) to improve the ecological function of the riparian zone by providing shade, reducing erosion, inputting Large Wood Debris, and terrestrial insects to boost the base of the aquatic food web for the threatened Nisqually steelhead.

Trout Unlimited: $2,000 to install a water stage recorder and gaging station to measure flows in the Kennebago River (Maine) to measure lake level and river flows.

Margaree Salmon Association: $1,500 $1,500 for stream enhancement on Ingram Creek (Nova Scotia) including instream structures, bank stabilization, and riparian restoration to improve  habitat for native Atlantic salmon and brook trout.

Over the past 40 years, TSF has invested $1.0 million in more than 250 habitat restoration and improvement projects 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 seeks partnerships with local watershed organizations that are directly engaged in habitat improvement and restoration in order to fund projects that improve and expand trout and salmon 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.