On January 14, 2010 a meeting was organized in Phoenix by the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) and the Arizona Council of Trout Unlimited focusing on native trout recovery in Arizona.
The meeting brought together Trout Unlimited (TU) National and Arizona Council and Chapter members, key biologists, native fish specialists, and others representing the Arizona Game and Fish Department, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Fort Apache Indian Reservation, and Arizona Flycaster chapters (FFF), and others interested in the Apache and Gila trout.
Jack Williams of Trout Unlimited explained the TU Conservation Success Index (CSI) and how it is used to evaluate projects involving western native trout species and their recovery approaches and status. Jack discussed both Gila and Apache Trout and how CSI has been helpful in recovery of these species and also recovery of native trout species in other states in the US.
Stewart Jacks, US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), presented a report on FWS involvement with Apache and Gila trout recovery in Arizona and New Mexico. The 2nd revision of the Apache Trout Recovery Plan was signed in 2009. Jeremy Voeltz (FWS) and Julie Carter were the primary biologists.
Julie Carter, AZGFD, discussed Apache trout and Gila trout recovery in Arizona. There are currently 28 populations of Apache Trout that count towards recovery in Arizona out of a goal of 30 populations.
Related presentations were made by Chris Cantrell, AZGFD, Dick Brown of the Northern Arizona Flycasters (FFF), Jeff Collins of Old Pueblo Trout Unlimited, and Phil Fernandez of Glendale Community College and Zane Grey Trout Unlimited.
Following the presentations,meeting attendees split into two workshops on Apache and Gila Trout, to discuss ways to remove the bottlenecks hindering reestablishing native trout populations in Arizona.