Helping the Headwaters: Local org launches initiative to restore the Snake

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Yesterday, Jackson Hole Trout Unlimited (JHTU) and Trout Unlimited (TU) announced the launch of a new initiative to restore and protect the headwaters of the upper Snake River and its fishery, together with a diverse group of community and agency partners. According to a release issued by the organization yesterday, TU’s Snake River Headwaters Home Rivers Initiative will leverage the capacity of the JHTU chapter and engaged membership in and around Jackson Hole by working with partners to develop and implement high-priority restoration projects to benefit native trout and their habitats. As is common to TU’s approach to conservation, partners and stakeholders will be key to the success of the Snake River Headwaters Home Rivers Initiative. "The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has a long history of partnering with TU and we are excited about expanded future opportunities due to the Home Rivers Initiative," said Rob Gipson, Regional Fisheries Supervisor for the Snake River drainage. As the new project manager, Leslie Steen will work with the community and volunteers to identify and implement restoration projects that dovetail with completed and ongoing efforts. “I feel personally invested in the future of fish and water in the Snake River Headwaters and the success of the Home Rivers Initiative, and am honored to chart its course together with TU’s partners, volunteers, and supporters,” said Steen. The project will reconnect native trout spawning and rearing habitat by installing fish screens and removing fish passage barriers. Projects will also restore water quality, habitat, and healthy stream conditions by improving water use efficiencies and restoring streamflows. The Snake River Headwaters Home Rivers Initiative has been funded by a $100,000 commitment from JHTU as well as the support of other private donations. “The money to seed this initiative is the product of incredible grassroots support for our watersheds. So many local Jackson Hole businesses, guides, lodges both here and internationally and area donors made this happen,” said Barb Allen, the JHTU President. “In all my years at Trout Unlimited, I have never seen a chapter step up to protect their home waters like JHTU is doing,” said Chris Wood, President and CEO of Trout Unlimited. “JHTU is setting a model of collaboration and leadership that will guarantee that our children will be able to fish for robust populations of wild and native fish in the Headwaters of the Snake.” *Feature Photo: h/t Steven Brutger / Trout Unlimited / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news