Healthy, abundant populations of wild trout are the best measure of Montana TU’s success. We emphasize conservation of sustainable wild and native trout populations. Our recent actions include:
- Establishing a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of “bucket biologists” who illegally plant harmful species in Montana waters – an act of vandalism that harms important sport fisheries.
- Prevailing on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to protect important fisheries from energy development by employing protective stream buffers and other conservation provisions in new management plans.
- Pushing state biologists to control an expanding population of illegally introduced walleyes – which threaten bull trout and other sport fish – in the lower Clark Fork River.
- Shaping Montana’s first statewide fisheries management plan to include important protections for native and wild fish.
- Supporting the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ decision to expand measures that reduce lake trout numbers in Flathead Lake, an essential step for bolstering bull trout and westslope cutthroat populations in the Flathead Basin.