TU wins prestigious National Conservation Leadership Award

Bonneville cutthroat trout, Bear River, Idaho, Wyoming, fly fishing

Warren Colyer, director of TU's Watersheds Program, releases a Bonneville cutthroat trout in Wyoming–the fish was able to reach its spawning grounds thanks to a project that involved U.S. Forest Service cooperation and funding.

Last week, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management recognized Trout Unlimited for the work our folks do in the field to restore trout and salmon habitat and, in the end, make fishing better.

The National Conservation Leadership Award is given annually to worthy organizations that often cooperate with these two venerable federal agencies to improve the public resources they’re both charged with managing for the benefit of all Americans–the owners of our public lands all across the country. For TU, the award is especially appreciated, given not only the time our staff has devoted to working with both the Forest Service and the BLM, but because much of the work we’ve been able to accomplish involves our corps of volunteers, who give selflessly of their time and energy to improve the waters in their own backyards.

In the presentation in Washington last week, TU’s Science Team was singled out for its unique contribution to conservation on public lands in America. Through TU’s unique Conservation Success Index, which has essentially inventoried native trout populations all across America, the USFS and the BLM have been able to prioritize important restoration projects. And, when it comes time to get those projects done, they often partner with TU to ensure the projects have a private-sector investment. It’s a process that works incredibly well, and has for years.

Most importantly, TU’s partnerships with the BLM and the Forest Service have served to protect and improve vital trout and salmon habitat all over America. And intact habitat translates directly into quality fishing. It’s simply another example of how TU and its members make the fishing world better every single day.

We’re grateful for the award, and committed to continuing these great partnerships well into the future.


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