Contributing over 50 years of conservation work, FFI is proud to continue protecting our fisheries and angling opportunities for the future.
As William Nelson, President of the McKenzie Flyfishers Club, stated so clearly in 1964 – ” We have been slow to realize the role of political pressures in conservation and are of the opinion now that a united desire for the things that are necessary to perpetuate our sport of fly fishing is the only way to keep from losing many of the things we hold so dear ” – our unified mission continues.
There is conservation grant money available through FFI’s Small Grants Program. Our Conservation Committee works with local club and councils to identify projects worthy of funding.
Conservation committee members also work with local, state and federal agencies on conservation projects to ensure that our natural resources are safe for future generations. If you need further information please contact FFI at 406-222-9369 or e-mail [email protected] .
Visit the Fly Fishers International Conservation by clicking on website .
The Conservation Vice President serves as the contact person for Council and club conservation projects. Conservation Vice President maintains contacts with the Fly Fishers International headquarters, staff from state agencies, local community agencies, and other fishing/conservation clubs or organizations.
Our home waters offer us a place of comfort and familiarity. They are the local places we go to fish and unwind from life’s hectic pace. They are also places we feel attached to and protective of. The Adopt-a-Stream program provides a way for FFI clubs to watch over their local waters. By adopting a local stretch of water, clubs can foster a sense of ownership amongst their members by holding regular stream clean-ups, conducting water quality monitoring or biological monitoring. With the sense of ownership created through these activities comes a sense of pride and stewardship over our home waters.
1. Select a site and then choose which activities your club would like to fulfill from the following:
2. When the site and activity have been selected, the appropriate land owner (whether it be public or private) of the site must be contacted to ensure the program is compatible with the property and owner.
3. Gain the acceptance and approval of your FFI club membership and leadership.
4. Get your state fisheries management agency involved. Coordinate your efforts with the agency to ensure your project provides the best benefit for all involved.
5. Arrange for a sign to be erected at the site to denote your club’s involvement.
6. Contact the local media and encourage coverage of the project.
7. Inform the FFI’s National Office about your efforts. You may qualify for the Conservation Small Grants Program. Click here for more information.