If you are a hunter, angler, camper, hiker, wildlife watcher, or live anywhere in rural Arizona, you are well acquainted with the treasure of Federal public lands in our State. It’s almost a certainty that one of your favorite places is located on these public lands. It is also very likely that you have been confused at some point by land designations (e.g., National Conservation Area, National Park, National Monuments, National Forest, National Recreation Areas, Wilderness, National Historic Site, and many more). Learn more about these differences and what they mean for outdoor recreation by clicking the LEARN MORE button. You will be redirected to a great article that Brad Powell, the former president of the Arizona Wildlife Federation, has written.
The Native and Wild Trout conference is attended by those interested in learning the current and future status of native and wild trout in Arizona and New Mexico. Our mission is to spark the interest of developing future plans to promote, restore and manage these native and wild coldwater fish species.
Click HERE for the Apache & Gila Trout Conservation 2014-2022 Award winners.
Click HERE for the NWTC 2022 award presentation slides.
Four national forests – the Kaibab, Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto – are actively managed in a collaborative initiative to carry out landscape-scale restoration of the ponderosa pine forests in northern Arizona. Various types of restoration work including wildlife habitat improvement, grassland restoration, watershed maintenance, spring restoration, stream channel restoration, trail and road maintenance, road decommissioning as well as thinning and prescribed burning are part of this vast initiative. Arizona Trout Unlimited supports many of these efforts to create sustainable ecosystems hand in hand with sustainable industries.
Working in partnership with Arizona Trout Unlimited, Gila Trout Chapter of TU, Tonto National Forest and Arizona Game and Fish Department, Gila Trout protections are being implemented to ensure the native trout’s recovery.
The overall goal of this project will create a model desert fish habitat and refuge populations of native roundtail chub and longfin dace in the R-C Scout Ranch pond. Once established, this refuge population of Roundtail chub will provide youth recreational fishing opportunities, and nature study. Additionally, we are restoring native Gila Trout in nearby Christopher Creek. These projects will provide improved youth fishing and conservation education opportunities for both the summer campers, as well as Mogollon Rim area youth. The camp is also used for various environmental youth camps, including STEM programs, American Cancer Society, and others.
In the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona Trout Unlimited is working to advance forest resiliency and maintain a healthy ecosystem on the Alpine and Springerville Ranger Districts.
The Upper Colorado Basin requires ongoing monitoring and protection of endangered species. Arizona Trout Unlimited is helping to utilize science to identify best practices to manage the land, foster relationships with tribal entities and create a balanced plan of stewardship to ensure a harmonious relationship between recreation and environmental concerns.
Reducing the risk of wildfire and reestablish a fire adapted, resilient, diverse and sustainable forest ecosystem surrounding the City of Payson’s primary water supply. This project is a combined effort between Salt River Project, the Town of Payson, Bureau of Reclamation, Coconino National Forest, National Forest Foundation and Arizona Trout Unlimited to provide actionable mitigation of the risks to the watershed and the surrounding resources.
In conjunction with Arizona Game and Fish Department and the US Forest Service, AZTU is working to place informational signage informing anglers of efforts to protect our native trout species.
Arizona is fortunate to have historic populations of native trout species (Apache, Gila) and many well-established populations of several wild (naturally reproducing) non-native salmonids (Rainbow, Brown, Brook, and Grayling). The conservation of all Arizona’s native trout and wild non-native salmonids is a priority of the Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited (AZTU) and we believe that both native and wild non-native fishes of all salmonid species are important components of the state’s aquatic communities. Both native and wild non-native salmonids have important cultural, recreational, scientific, economic and legacy values.
For those anglers targeting Apache Trout or Gila Trout in Arizona, the Arizona Game and Fish Department asks that they please take the time to fill out this survey form after each fishing trip targeting Apache Trout or Gila Trout. The form collects information on when and where anglers fished for Apache Trout or Gila Trout, the type of fishing gear they used, and how many fish they caught. Filling out this survey is completely voluntary and responses are completely anonymous. This information will be used by the Arizona Game and Fish Department to better manage Apache Trout and Gila Trout in Arizona.
The Conservation Committee is a project oriented committee and meets as often as necessary to ensure meetings have a purpose and are a valuable use of our members’ time. To be alerted to upcoming Conservation Committee meetings or for more information, please contact Jim Strogen at [email protected].