Jim Cox, Western Rivers Conservancy

Jim Cox, Director of Donor Relations for Western Rivers Conservancy will make a presentation entitled “Sometimes To Save A River You Have To Buy It.”  WRC has been working to conserve and protect lands on more than 60 rivers in eight western states.  The presentation will focus on how WRC purchases riverlands across the West to protect and conserve vital river ecosystems and to provide compatible public access.  Included in the program is stunning photography of past and current projects including work on some of the most iconic fly fishing rivers across the West including Idaho’s Salmon River, Oregon’s John Day  and North Umpqua, the Yampa and Rio Grande in Colorado, the Madison River in Montana, California’s Klamath Rivers, and Washington’s Hoh River.  We will also chat about our work in Arizona to protect Fossil Creek and the East Verde.

Jim Cox Bio:

Jim joined Western Rivers Conservancy as Director of Donor Relations in 2011. He has more than 25 years experience working professionally in the nonprofit sector. Jim is a past steering committee co-chair of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, and is an active member of the Northwest Planned Giving Roundtable and is also a member of Trout Unlimited, Flyfishers Club of Oregon, IFFF,  the Native Fish Society, and The Freshwater Trust among many other conservation groups. Jim holds a Bachelor of Theatre Degree from Willamette University.

Game and Fish Begins Winter Trout Stockings in Local Waters

ben-sheridan-trout-challenge-certWinter stockings of rainbow trout are just getting started at central waters including Lower Salt River and Saguaro Lake. November 22 was the annual Get Out for Trout event at Tempe Town Lake—the first of five planned stockings through March. Trout stockings are going well at Dead Horse Lakes, Beaver Creek and the Verde River below Clarkdale. Go to the www.azgfd.gov web page and click on the Fishing tab to download the 2016-2017 Winter Trout Stocking Schedule (October – March).

by Eric Swanson
AFC Conservation Chair

AFC Members Pitch in to Pick up Trash on Salt River

salt-river-banner-working-facebook-cleanupSix AFC members joined with nearly 1,000 other volunteers on Saturday, October 22 to participate in the Salt River Beautification Project (i.e., trash pickup). As part of National Make a Difference Day, a variety of sponsors joined the Tonto National Forest in coordinating the pickup of trash along 8 miles of the lower Salt River. Nearly 10,000 pounds of trash were collected with odd items such as fishing poles, batteries, tires and play pens. Thanks to Alan Davis, David Mayl, Jim Walker, John Doss and Eric Swanson for pitching in and teaming up with other TU members. It was pretty impressive how a few hours of trash pickup efforts could improve the appearance of the area. Think what could be accomplished if each of us dedicated a little extra time while on our next outing to make our world a bit better.

By Eric Swanson
AFC Conservation Chair

Willow Beach Trout Hatchery Reopens

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-1-44-01-amAfter being shut down for nearly three years, the US Fish and Wildlife Service Willow Beach Trout Hatchery was reopened and became fully operational this October. Fingerling trout and eggs are now on station and the first crop of catchable size rainbow trout will be released later in 2017. Three years ago a vital pipeline failed to deliver the cold upstream water to the hatchery. Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) entered into agreements to stock trout during the interim period and championed the reopening of the hatchery (together with Senator McCain, Representative Gosar, and Mohave County). In exchange, the US Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to supply two million triploid rainbow trout eggs to AGFD annually for five years, and to supply AGFD with 160,000 Apache trout eggs for 10 years. The guaranteed supply of Apache trout eggs is vital to the successful recovery of this threatened native trout.

AFC Conservation Chair
Eric Swanson