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The mission of the IDFG is that all wildlife, including wild animals, wild birds, and fish, within the state of Idaho, is hereby declared to be the property of the state of Idaho. It shall be preserved, protected, perpetuated, and managed. It shall only be captured or taken at such times or places, under such conditions, or by such means, or in such manner, as will preserve, protect, and perpetuate such wildlife, and provide for the citizens of this state and, as by law permitted to others, continued supplies of such wildlife for hunting, fishing and trapping.

Founded in Michigan in 1959, Trout Unlimited today is a national non-profit organization with 300,000 members and supporters dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Our staff and volunteers work from coast to coast to protect, reconnect, restore and sustain trout and salmon habitat on behalf of today’s anglers and coming generations of sportsmen and women who value the connection between healthy, intact habitat and angling opportunity.

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The Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society (SDAFS) was established in 1952 and it includes AFS members from the southern states who meet regularly to discuss research findings and management applications pertaining to the region. Current membership of SDAFS is composed of AFS members in good standing residing in, or having an interest in the fishery resources and related technical information of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other Caribbean Islands.

Urbani Fisheries LLC is a family owned and operated design-build firm consisting of biologists, geohydrologists, ecologists, and fly fishing enthusiasts that utilize a holistic, nature based approach to enhance cold water fisheries. As second generation River Restoration specialists, we’ve been at the forefront of active freshwater restoration for over 40 years. Our goal is to enhance, restore, and create biologically sound aquatic habitats from large rivers to small ponds.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and perpetuating the state’s fish, wildlife, and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. Headquartered in Olympia, the department maintains six regional offices and manages dozens of wildlife areas and hundreds of water access areas around the state, offering fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, and other recreational opportunities for the residents of Washington.

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The American Fisheries Society (established 1870 in New York City), is the "world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science, and conserving fisheries resources." It is a member-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by an executive director, a governing board, and officers who are guided by the AFS's organizational documents, a constitution, and a set of rules. The AFS’s stated mission is "to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals." AFS publishes five peer-reviewed fish journals, books, and the magazine Fisheries, organizes seminars and workshops that promote scientific research and fisheries management, and encourages fisheries education through 58 university-based student subunits. AFS has 48 chapters comprising four geographic regions in North America — North Central, Northeastern, Southern, and Western — and includes two "bi‐national" chapters (the Atlantic International and Washington‐British Columbia chapters) and a Mexico chapter.

Founded in 1969, Colorado TU is the state’s leading non-profit, non-partisan organization providing a voice for Colorado’s River. As Colorado's financially self-sustaining, grassroots arm of the national organization Trout Unlimited, Colorado TU is independently governed by a 44-member volunteer board including the presidents of our 24 local chapters across Colorado. Colorado TU leverages the power of its over 12,000 members who contribute approximately 44,000 volunteer hours annually to restoration, education and other local conservation projects, equivalent to the power of 22 full-time employees.

FLOY TAG Inc. is the leader in the manufacture of visual marking devices for fish & wildlife. Since 1957 FLOY TAG has been assisting marine biologists in obtaining valid data on a wide variety of fish and crustaceans. The company has produced more than 100,000,000 tags since that time. FLOY serves government agencies, international associations, university fisheries schools, and individual consultants worldwide.

Protecting and enhancing Oregon’s fish and wildlife, and the habitats they use, for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations is at the heart of what the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife does. Oregon’s year-round fishing spans the state from native redband trout in eastern deserts to rockfish and halibut in ocean waters – with lots of salmon, steelhead, trout and warmwater fishing in between.

The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited serves as a unified voice for the 49 local chapters representing more than 13,000 members of Trout Unlimited statewide.

The Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI), established in 2006, is a public-private Fish Habitat Partnership that works collaboratively across 12 western states to conserve, protect, restore, and recover 21 native trout and char species. Covering over 1.75 million square miles of public and privately managed lands, WNTI and its partners combine science-based assessments with expert and local knowledge to establish joint priorities for native trout conservation at a landscape scale.

Wright Water Engineers, Inc. (WWE) is a full-service water resource, environmental, and civil engineering firm in Denver, Colorado (established 1961) with offices in Glenwood Springs, Colorado (established 1974) and Durango, Colorado (established 1990). WWE has a staff of approximately 45 people who include senior level engineers, hydrologists, scientists, biologists, chemists, geologists, and hydrogeologists. WWE professionals are Professional Engineers (P.E.s), Certified Professionals in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESCs), Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs), Ph.D.s, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professionals. Most WWE employees have worked for the firm 15 years or longer and many are recognized experts in their respective disciplines. WWE staff members regularly testify as experts, publish, teach continuing engineering education, and are otherwise highly involved with professional activities.


Since 1964, Smith-Root has proudly partnered with fisheries scientists to develop solutions for the fisheries conservation community.

Special Thanks

Dave Lewis, a lover of nature and visual arts, as well as stellar custom rod maker, spent many an hour capturing the beauty of fish and fishing across the country. The wild trout community lost Dave to cancer in 2008, after a long full life of appreciating the spirituality of wild trout country. His photos grace the WT Symposium web pages and we thank him for the opportunity to experience these extraordinary images and through them, him.

Greg Keeler generously crafted the song "Born to be Wild" for the WT-IX Symposium in 2007, in West Yellowstone, Montana. Professor Keeler teaches English by day at Montana State University-Bozeman and entertains the rest of us with wonderful, irreverent, original songs concerning all things fishing. Take a moment to visit his website for captivating art and prose. Thank you, Dr. Keeler, for sharing your gifts with the Wild Trout Symposium.

Advanced Telemetry Systems, Inc. is an innovative, science and engineering-based radio telemetry provider, dedicated to supporting biologists world-wide. Our commitment to our customer's success has helped us build a reputation as the leader in fisheries and wildlife research. We've partnered with preeminent researchers to design the most reliable radio tracking systems ever deployed.

The experienced professionals at ATS possess a thorough understanding of the challenges you'll face in the field, and we're ready to provide you complete solutions - and valuable customer support - for your study's radio tracking equipment needs.

The Wild Trout Symposium gratefully acknowledges ATS and their support of the Aldo Starker Leopold Medal. Dick Reichle and his wife, Laura, stepped forward to make the casting of these bronze medals possible. Thank you.