Established in 1971 by a group of passionate anglers, California Trout (CalTrout) is a leading nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure resilient, wild fish thriving in healthy waters for a better California. We work to solve complex resource issues throughout California, driving innovative, science-based solutions that work for the diverse interests of fish, farmers, and our communities. We use our proof-of-concept project successes to establish precedent, empower partners and influence statewide policy. CalTrout’s work reaches all of California through our seven regional offices and can be divided into the following three programmatic areas: 1) promoting and facilitating community and large-scale restoration projects; 2) advocating for strong fish and water policies at the local, state, and federal level; and 3) using existing law to protect and restore trout, steelhead and salmon waters.
CalTrout is focused on the following three priorities:
Protect Strongholds: There are still rivers in California that produce abundant wild steelhead and salmon and we intend to keep them that way.
Restore Source Waters: Source water areas are the life blood of the state –in particular the Sierra headwaters and the volcanic spring aquifers of the Mt. Shasta area.
Wild Fish, Working Landscapes: California’s rivers and landscapes have been highly altered and, as a result, wild fish populations have suffered. CalTrout is finding innovative ways to bring wild fish back into California’s working landscapes.
Based in San Francisco, California Trout employs conservation managers who work in six communities across California to protect and restore key watersheds: Mt. Shasta-Klamath, North Coast, Eastern Sierra, Central California, Southern California, and the Bay Area. Partnering with agencies, government, academia, conservation organizations, and grassroots community groups, and supported by a membership of over 8,000 Californians, California Trout effectively leverages the fish to protect the health of our waters for people, the environment, and our economy.
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