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We are a Montana-based nonprofit that works to keep wild and native trout around through enhancing and preserving their habitat, and also encouraging people to take better care of these amazing fish.
At least since the advent of civilization 10,000 or so years ago, people and trout have had an unbalanced relationship - usually to the benefit of people and the detriment of trout. But, with the care of the Trout Conservancy and so many others, as well as all those kind hearts and hard toilers before us, times are changing.
The Trout Conservancy uses donations and grant money to do projects that provide lasting benefits for wild and native trout populations, like the creation of habitat-improving logjams, replacement of culverts that block fish passage, revegetating riparian areas along trout streams, or helping to restore wild and native populations through education, outreach and organizing (and now, sometimes internationally - trout don't recognize borders, and neither should we).
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Our latest project work is taking us to the BALKANS, where we are joining the effort to restore some of southeastern Europe's last remaining populations of unique (and sometimes big - see photo to left) native trout. Those native trout, and the commitment of local people to restore and maintain those trout, are awe-inspiring. The world is smaller than we sometimes think, and the Trout Conservancy is working with our new friends from this historically violent and war-torn, yet incredibly beautiful and scenic, region of Europe. Read more HERE.
A big native Marble trout from Montenegro, summer 2012 (photo by VELIBOR - click HERE for a link for flyfishing in Montenegro!).
Check out some of our habitat enhancement and restoration work by clicking HERE.
Check out these great photos of Montana-area trout at our Trout Gallery, like this underwater shot of a rare (and getting rarer) native Columbia Redband Rainbow Trout in Montana's Yaak River by Pat Clayton (www.fisheyeguyphotography.com) by clicking HERE.
(for a larger view of this photo, just click on it )
See our guidebook illustrations and info about Montana's native and introduced wild trout by clicking HERE.
To read up on our reports on the Lolo Creek watershed, or issues like the problems of wild trout getting trapped in irrigation ditches and the economic value of trout fishing, or to see our news clippings on project work and other trout-related stuff, click HERE.
Learn more about the Trout Conservancy's history, mission and people by clicking HERE.
If you like wild and native trout and salmon, support our work with a donation to the Trout Conservancy by clicking HERE and/or signing up to our supporters' list at the upper left of this page!