Proceeds from the 2015 Rocky Mountain Flyathlon will be going to protect the very streams that we fish, through the state’s premier trout conservation non-profit, Colorado Trout Unlimited. Please visit our CrowdRise Fundraising Page to contribute.
During the 2014 Rocky Mountain Flyathlon fundraising campaign, flyathletes raised almost $7,000 for Colorado Trout Unlimited. Those funds are currently being used for projects in the San Luis Valley, as well as for cold-water conservation around the state of Colorado. Here are some of the local projects that we are working on:
- Development of a Rio Grande cutthroat trout trailhead sign: This project will repurpose some of the content developed for a popular brochure on the Rio Grande cutthroat trout (TU_RGCT_broch-final) to create educational signage for trailheads in drainages with resident Rio Grande cutts. Ultimately, we envision that these signs will educate hikers, runners, hunters, bikers, fisher-people, birders, etc… about the threats facing this important fish.
- Re-routing the East Middle Creek trail out of East Middle Creek: Those of you who competed in the 2014 Rocky Mountain Flyathlon will remember a swampy section of the course around Mile 2 (and Mile 5 on the return). Well, since the race, the beaver have gone to town up in there, and flooded the entire valley floor, putting a good section of the trail under several feet of water. Recognizing the risks to people and stream habitat, the good people at the Forest Service Saguache Ranger District re-routed the trail away from the creek and up onto the hillside. Part of the funds raised last year have been donated to the Saguache RD to offset some of the cost of that trail work. Those competing in the 2015 Flyathlon will undoubtedly benefit from the super-fishy-looking beaver pond habitat that now exists throughout East Middle Creek.
These are just a few of the things that money raised last year have gone to. Colorado Trout Unlimited does a diverse range of activities for the benefit of cold-water conservation in Colorado, such as:
CONSERVING NATIVE TROUT:
Advocating for habitat protection on key native trout watershed like Hermosa Creek, the Roan Plateau, and the Thompson Divide—and conducting restoration projects to restore habitat and native fish populations from Rocky Mountain National Park to the lone re- maining greenback cutthroat stream at Bear Creek.
Helping restore water quality and habitat on mine-impaired streams like Kerber Creek.
Connecting kids with watersheds, fishing, and the life aquatic through programs including “Trout in the Classroom”
Please consider contributing to support this important organization through the Rocky Mountain Flyathlon.
run. fish. beer. (donate).