FFI awarded several Conservation and Education grants recently. Read about the projects we supported.
Multiple venues could be available throughout Winneshiek County, Iowa. Locations including but not limited to school classrooms, after-school programs, summer camps, 4-H group activities, or through an annual workshop series for both youth and adults. Curriculum will be adapted from the FFI Learning Center, Fish Iowa!, and the National Fishing in Schools Program. Further, this curriculum could be shared with counties throughout Iowa to promote this program and share equipment and resources. Additionally, it could also be shared with Extension staff in bordering states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The grants supports Classroom Aquarium Education Program (CAEP) which improves teacher and student understading, appreciation and stewardship of fishes, while creating an awareness of needs of the aquatic environment through the use of classroom aquaria. This ia accomplished by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) working with and supporting the efforts of the local group who provides the teacher training and support necessary to make this program a reality. The San Jose Fly Casters club members take an active role in the classroom teaching and explaining items form the FFI Learning Center, fly casting, fly tying and fly fishing.
R-C Scout Ranch is a camp operated by BSA Scouting Grand Canyon Council (GCC) in Gila County, Arizona. The camp has an existing, overgrown fishing pond filling with sediment; a spring head diversion; and an aging pipeline that caries water across Christopher Creek to the pond. Christopher Creek is a tributary of Tonto Creek, a part of the Salt River watershed.
The Arizona Fly Casters Club, Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited (AZTU) along with partner-land owner GCC would like to do the following:
• Provide improved cold-water stream flows and increased public access to R-C Scout Ranch fish pond and Christopher Creek.
• Improve the pond access, drain, dredge, add spawning beds, and refill the pond allowing the return of youth fishing;
• Restablish the youth fishing by stocking native round tail chub and longfin dace;
• Improve the spring-box limiting leakage and allow control over-flow into the pipeline or creek;
• Replace or retire pipeline;
• Consider diverting all flow into Christopher Creek by possibly maintaining pond with on-site wells;
• Working with Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) develop Christopher Creek into a blue-ribbon fishery through habitat enhancements and restoration of native Gila Trout.
Pacific Rivers, based in Portland, requested $3,000 from Fly Fishers International to support a youth-driven research program on the world famous steelhead trout population of the North Umpqua River in Douglas County, Oregon. Funding help them secure protection for Canton Creek under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and for Steamboat Creek under the Clean Water Act’s Outstanding Resource Waters.
Our team leads crews of students from the Phoenix Charter School on underwater surveys to document the abundance, age, and distribution of juvenile steelhead. The students obtain valuable experience in fish biology and underwater surveying, and they become future advocates for wild rivers and fish. The data we collect is used to evaluate population trends and habitat preference.
The Conservation Angler
The publication has been a part of FFI's history for many years, covering important issues related to salmon and steelhead recovery in the Pacific Northwest. The publication is now being published and managed by a consortium of organization. FFI lends financial support in the amount of $3,000 per year. We look forward to a continued partnership in this endeavor to shine the light on issues that impact these important fisheries.