Wild Steelheaders United was established to educate and mobilize the numerous wild steelhead advocates wanting to engage with at-risk populations of a cherished species. It is a place where anglers can become more informed about wild steelhead biology and ecology, keep abreast on policy issues, and learn about TU’s conservation work.
The goal of the initiative is to educate and activate anglers and steelhead enthusiasts, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER A PERSON FISHES GEAR OR FLY, BAIT OR LURE, to work together to ensure wild steelhead are plentiful for future generations to enjoy.
To accomplish this, we will: advance and improve steelhead science, recover at-risk runs and restore degraded habitat, and improve policies and practices that underlie management of steelhead populations and fisheries.
As demonstrated by history, it is certainly possible to rally conservation-minded steelhead anglers to weigh in on a specific management decision that threatens to eliminate something they value, but there is no precedent for advancing a proactive, sustainable policy agenda at scale through purely volunteer efforts.
Chances of conservation success are greatest if we have the backing of as many individuals as possible across all the Pacific states. This is why Wild Steelheaders United is critical.
We steelheaders share a common vision of the future of wild steelhead and know what has to be done to bring them back. Together, we can make that vision a reality. With millions of dollars, countless staff and volunteer hours invested in restoring wild steelhead habitat, Trout Unlimited has launched the Wild Steelhead Initiative to make sure those investments (along with the efforts of countless other organizations) pay dividends. For more information please visit tu.org.