STAR VALLEY, WYO – How much do you love your streams?
The Jackson Hole Chapter of Trout Unlimited (JHTU) has been entered in the “Embrace A Stream Challenge,” a new online contest sponsored by Orvis and Trout Unlimited. From November 6-12, the chapter has a chance to win its share of $50,000 in cash prizes to help fund the Tincup Creek Restoration Project, an initiative to restore Tincup Creek, a tributary of the Salt River outside of Freedom, WY.
In early October, JHTU received a $10,000 grant from the Embrace A Stream program to support this project, and now has a chance to win additional funds to complete the work. In addition, as the top-ranked applicant nationally, JHTU received a custom-made bamboo fly rod that will be featured at their annual Tie One On Fundraising Banquet in May 2018.
To win, the chapter needs the help from its members, volunteers, and community residents. From Nov. 6-12, anyone who visits www.embraceastream.org and makes a donation of as little as $10 to support the chapter’s work will help it unlock prizes ranging from $250 to $5,000. The chapter is competing in this contest with more than 40 other Trout Unlimited chapters from across the country.
“We’re excited to have the chance to raise even more money to restore and improve Tincup Creek in the Embrace A Stream Challenge,” said Tote Turner, Jackson Hole chapter president. “But we need the help of all of our community members to win. If you care about the future of native cutthroat trout in the Upper Snake watershed, please help us by donating to this important project.”
The Tincup Creek Restoration Project is a large-scale, multi-phase restoration project that will restore riparian conditions and habitat for Yellowstone cutthroat trout (Snake River finespotted subspecies) on over four miles of degraded stream on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest with the help of government agencies, conservation organizations, the Snake River Cutthroats and Star Valley TU chapters, and local volunteers.
The project area has been impaired and degraded for more than 60 years, with the primary cause of the degradation linked to aerial spraying of willows in 1956. The loss of willows precipitated the destabilization of the stream and led to the loss of meander bends and stream length, steepened gradients, channel downcutting, and an unhealthy, disconnected floodplain and riparian zone.
The Tincup Creek Restoration Project is a project of TU’s Snake River Headwaters Home Rivers Initiative, an ambitious initiative to restore and protect the headwaters of the upper Snake River and its fishery, together with a diverse group of community, landowner, and agency partners.
Embrace A Stream is a matching grant program administered by Trout Unlimited that provides funds to local chapters and councils for coldwater fisheries conservation. Since its inception in 1975, the grant program has funded more than 1,000 individual projects for a total of $4.4 million in direct cash grants. Local chapters and councils contributed an additional $13 million in cash and in-kind services to EAS funded projects, for a total investment of more than $17 million. The Embrace A Stream Challenge is a new national online contest sponsored by Orvis and Trout Unlimited to connect people who care with a chance to support improvements to the rivers and streams in their communities.
“This year, more than 40 local Trout Unlimited chapters from across the country have brought forward plans to take care of the rivers that they love to fish,” said Russ Meyer, chair of the Embrace A Stream grants committee, a group of Trout Unlimited volunteers who review and approve all grant applications. “The Embrace A Stream Challenge gives everyone in your community the chance to join us in supporting this important local project.”
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