Get the new issue of the award winning Trout Tale newsletter here! With articles about Little Mountain, the Women of the Fly event held on the Green at the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, news from our 11 chapters, and a showcase of one of our amazing TU Endorsed businesses working hard to give back to fisheries you won’t want to miss it. This issue also highlights a number of recognitions we’ve received recently and we believe that recognitions such as these are a tribute the the remarkable efforts of all our members, volunteers, and staff in Wyoming. Thanks to all of you. Read more about it!
Drink beer and help trout? Indeed you can!
Wyoming Trout Unlimited is proud to announce that Upslope Brewing Company of Boulder, CO has pledged to give 1% of revenue from Wyoming sales of their Craft Lager to support coldwater fisheries conservation in Wyoming. We’re impressed by Upslope’s commitment to clean, healthy, fishable water and proud to have them as a business supporter. If you’re reaching for a beer this summer think of Wyoming Trout Unlimited and have an Upslope Craft Lager. Not only will you help our fish, you’ll also enjoy a great beer!
Wyoming Trout Unlimited would like to call your attention to four online surveys, opened by the Governor’s office, asking for input to develop a water use strategy in Wyoming. Through a series of public hearings last year, the Governor received a number of ideas and proposals from around the state to determine what Wyoming’s citizens would like to see regarding water use and management. A wide array of interest from different stakeholders created a large list of potential priorities for Wyoming’s water, including: dam construction, trans-basin diversions, changes to water law, and irrigation infrastructure upgrades that could negatively or positively affect Wyoming’s fisheries.
We’d like to encourage you to comment by completing the surveys.
All four surveys and the accompanying press release from the Governor’s office can be found here. Now is your chance to be heard in the process of developing a water strategy for Wyoming.
If you have any questions please contact Cory Toye at email@example.com.
The Trout Tale Summer 2014 issue is live with more fisheries conservation news than ever before from the Cowboy State. All of which is possible because of the incredible work that our 1700 volunteers do, often in partnership with TU staff. In that spirit Wyoming Trout Unlimited would like to take a moment to thank our Newsletter Editor Mike Jensen, of Cheyenne, WY for ensuring that we serve up the Trout Tale quarterly with good information, style, and excellent design! Read about all things Wyoming Trout Unlimited here!
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We’re excited to announce our upcoming May 10th Tie One On With TU fundraiser in Jackson! With a great evening planning full with fun including a live auction, silent auctions, band, and a reception style dinner. For more information, and to purchase tickets hit this button:
We hope we’ll see you there!
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Another great issue of the Trout Tale brought you you by Wyoming TU. This issue has news from sources as diverse as the Salt River, the Wyoming Legislature, and the USA Fly Fishing Team. Check it out!
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As we’re writing this dust is just starting to settle on Wyoming’s 2014 Legislative Session. We’re happy to report that with your help and our support two bills important to Wyoming Trout Unlimited passed the Wyoming Legislature and have been signed into law by the Governor. Support from conservationists like you was critical to the passage of both bills.
The first measure, SF 45, authorized the Game and Fish to request money in future budgets from the state’s General Fund for two programs, health care and grizzly bear management. This change is important as the burden of those costs will no longer fall on sportsmen, but can be shared by all of those who benefit from Wyoming’s wildlife. In essence, the bill represented an important opportunity to change the way the Wyoming Game and Fish funds it’s employee health benefits and puts the agency on par with how most other state agencies pay for their health care. In addition, it moves the legislatively mandated grizzly bear management costs to the general fund. That this legislation passed this year was particularly important as the legislature previously declined two license fee increases requested by the Game and Fish Department, resulting in subsequent cuts to key programs including many that have to do directly with fish. Wyoming Trout Unlimited collaborated with a number of other groups who supported this bill’s passage and we’re proud to say that WYTU members were particularly active supporting this bill in interim committees and during the legislative session.
Wyoming TU was also particularly interested in the passage of SF 82, the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust (WWNRT) Large Projects bill. The WWNRT, created in 2005, is one of the best tools Wyoming has to accomplish good conservation work. SF 82 authorized the Trust to fund it’s current slate of board-approved and vetted projects, which including the Yellowstone Lake project studying mitigation of the largest threat to Yellowstone cutthroat in the lake – that of lake trout. This important project will allow for the completion of lake trout movement and spawning data collection and analysis, and will investigate ways to further prevent lake trout spawning recruitment. We’re very pleased at this positive measure for Wyoming’s iconic native fish and believe that this effort is critical to the future of the Yellowstone cutthroat in it’s home waters of Wyoming.
Again, thanks for all of your individual support and effort during the legislative session. We couldn’t have had these successes that will benefit Wyoming’s fisheries without your help.
Yellowstone Lake and the upper Yellowstone River and its tributaries once teamed with incredible numbers of native Yellowstone cutthroat trout and was the largest single Yellowstone cutthroat fishery in the world. Then in the mid 1990’s, lake trout were discovered in the Lake. As the non-native lake trout are a tremendously predatory fish, they’ve had an incredible impact on the Yellowstone cutthroat population which is now estimated to be less than 5-10% of historic averages. This is a great loss to the entire ecosystem and to the Wyoming economy. As many as 40 other birds and land-based animals depended on this fish. Tourism related to the cutthroat fishery was estimated to generate nearly $10 million a year when healthy.
But an effort to save this important Yellowstone cutthroat population is now underway. The Park, with the help of partners and volunteers including many of you in Wyoming Trout Unlimited, have collectively devoted millions of dollars and countless volunteer hours working diligently to reduce the impact of invasive lake trout on the native Yellowstone cutthroat. And, we’re happy to say that the effort is working. All available data point to lake trout numbers significantly decreasing and Yellowstone cutthroat numbers starting to rebound. Yet there is much more to do.
Recently, Wyoming Trout Unlimited submitted a grant to the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust that will help fund ongoing work to identify lake trout movement corridors and spawning areas so that those spawning sites can be targeted with newly developed technology to kill eggs and larval fish. A consortium of fisheries scientists tells us this is the best way to continue the reduction in the numbers of lake trout and to bring back the cutthroats.
This pending grant will fund the best available science to save the Yellowstone cutthroat trout and has been approved by the WWNRT board. But it is facing a difficult hurdle in the current budget session of the Wyoming legislature. We must get this grant approved. Please help us save the Yellowstone cutthroat trout. If this important population is lost, the future of the Yellowstone cutthroat as a species and our ability to fish for them are at risk.
Please contact Wyoming’s legislators and tell them in your own words that the cutthroat population in Yellowstone Lake must be protected and restored. Ask them to consider the consequences that the loss of this population could have on Wyoming. Voice your support in the legislative process for the grant recently awarded by the WWNRT. Urge them to approve the Yellowstone Lake II portion of the 2014 Large Project Funding bill.
Do it today!
You can find your Wyoming legislator’s contact information here:
The bill can be read at:
Thank you again for your help to preserve the Yellowstone cutthroat!
It is clear that Wyoming is blessed with incredible wildlife and fisheries. Many of us believe that these resources are one of the things that make Wyoming a special place to live. That we have this quality of fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing is not by happenstance, and is in no small part due to the efforts of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
Sadly, the Department that we so rely upon to keep our wildlife and fisheries healthy has endured heavy cuts in the last year. Right now many cherished and valuable programs have dissapeared or are disappearing due to budget shortfalls caused by inflation. For instance the annual Youth Hunting and Fishing expo, opportunities for the average hunter to hunt/fish on private land (Access Yes program), and the ability of the Game and Fish to respond quickly to agriculture and industry needs. Of increased interest to anglers, Wyoming Game and Fish will stock 1,000,000 fewer fish this coming year in Wyoming waters.
These are all impacts which are of concern to Wyoming TU. We partner with Wyoming Game and Fish on many projects around the state, and believe in the wealth of quality work the agency does to faithfully manage and conserve Wyoming’s fisheries and to educate Wyoming’s people about the resource. In addition, Wyoming’s tourism economy, which is based on our wildlife and fish, generates $1.1 billion dollars annually, second only to the oil and gas industry in revenue. With that in mind, we believe it makes sense to strengthen one of our state’s strongest sectors rather than reduce funding to the agency that ensures there are plenty of fish and wildlife for hunters, anglers, & wildlife watchers.
Thankfully, we can address this situation positively with your help. Wyoming Trout Unlimited endorses two important bills headed to the Legislature during the upcoming session, both of which will help fund our Game and Fish Department. These two bills– one modestly increasing 10% license fees for resident and non-resident hunters and the other funding health care insurance for Game and Fish employees through Wyoming’s General Fund, are critical to keeping Wyoming’s wildlife management intact. Both bills represent short term fixes Game and Fish funding and will start to address inflation’s having caught up to the Department’s budget since the last license fee increase in 2008.
It is critically important to contact your Representative and Senator and request that they restore funding for our Game and Fish Department to ensure our children and grandchildren have the same opportunities that we’ve enjoyed to fish and hunt.
Please ask your elected officials to:
*Support introduction of the Game & Fish Fee increase
*Support the Game and Fish Department request for General Fund money for Healthcare Benefits.
To find your Representative and Senator, click here: http://legisweb.state.wy.us/LSOWEB/LegInfo.aspx
For more information on what you can do please contact Scott Christy, Wyoming Coordinator for TU at 307-332-7700 ex: 12 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the Winter 2013/2014 issue of the Trout Tale here now! In addition to reading it in online magazine format you can download .pdf versions of the Trout Tale below. We’ve got so much fisheries conservation news from Wyoming that we’ve again had to split the Trout Tale into two files if you prefer to read the .pdf!