Four national forests – the Kaibab, Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto – are actively engaged in a collaborative initiative to carry out landscape-scale restoration of the ponderosa pine forests in northern Arizona. ZGTU supports these efforts to create sustainable ecosystems hand in hand with sustainable industries.
Regarded as one of the top tailwater rainbow trout fisheries in the country, Lees Ferry and Glen Canyon Dam have a profound positive impact on the social and economic impact of our state. ZGTU along with many fly fishers and fly fishing clubs have been involved in efforts to influence a controversial plan by the National Park Service (NPS) to remove brown trout in this blue Ribbon Rainbow Trout Fishery. Trout Unlimited membership is certainly interested in maintaining the excellence of that fishery, but we do support decisions based on sound scientific research to guide future actions involving the Colorado River and all of its inhabitants.
The Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited and Arizona Game and Fish Department sponsor an annual conference each April at the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters. Current topics of interest are discussed by experts and include issues such as TU’s Southwest native trout strategy, watershed and stream restorations, trout recovery programs, scientific advances and the status of Apache and Gila trout.
Trout In The Classroom (TIC) is a program that connects students to their watersheds. TIC is an environmental program that offers students in grades 4-12 the chance to raise trout in a classroom setting. Students get hands on experience in:
▪ raising trout from eggs to fry
▪ monitoring tank water quality
▪ engaging in stream habitat studies
▪ learning to appreciate water resources
▪ beginning to foster a conservation ethic
▪ growing an understanding of ecosystems
During the school year, teachers can tailor the program to fit their needs. Each program is unique and has interdisciplinary applications for STREAM (Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Art and Math) which can support mandated education requirements.
For more information on TIC and how to participate, click the link below.