AZTU-PPC, as well as TU National are actively engaged in developing a collaborative plan for how we should manage Apache Trout if the US Fish and Wildlife Service decides to delist the Apache Trout because the recovery objectives have been met. Stay tuned for more as this evolves!
At the federal level, the US House of Representatives recently passed the Grand Canyon Protection Act which was proposed by Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva. This piece of legislation will protect approximately 1 million acres of land near the Grand Canyon from uranium mining. The region is currently protected from new mining claims under a 20-year moratorium instituted by former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in 2012, but that would expire unless renewed. The bill is part of a package of public lands bills put forward by Grijalva and other members of Congress. Arizona Sens. Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema have introduced a similar measure in the Senate. This has not advanced in the past month. Stay tuned!
In the NPS’s efforts to protect the native humpbacked chub, they are offering a $25 bounty on each brown trout over 6 inches caught in the Lee’s Ferry section of the Colorado River. While AZ Trout Unlimited is committed to catch and release, we view this as a less threatening option to repeated electro-shocking to remove the brown trout. Click HERE for additional information.
We encourage our members to participate in this program.
The Public Policy Committee conducted our second annual Strategy Summit and focused our attention on collaboratively developing our Action Plans around three major themes: clean water, catchable native and wild trout in Arizona, and organizational enablement.
Every second Tuesday of the month
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Contact Tom Osterday at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to attend