Conservation Small Grants Program Thriving
Restorations span the continent and spread abroad. The International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) thanks all the generous contributors who helped fund the successful Conservation Small Grants Program (CSG). Within the last year, 14 councils and clubs were awarded grants totaling $17,827 through this program. Grant recipients created lasting and powerful conservation and restoration improvements spanning the continent, as well as for the IFFF’s first international project in Serbia. Read below for more details on the project.
IFFF Chairman Phil Greenlee championed a CSG project on Yellow Breeches Creek for the Cumberland Valley TU/FFF club (Mid-Atlantic Region) where dam removals set the stage for river restoration and access improvements on a great stretch of the Yellow Breeches during this past year. Project partners included Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, American Rivers, and Orvis. Yellow Breeches is hallowed trout water frequented by many fly fishing legends, including: Charley Fox, Ed Koch, Ed Shenk and Vince Marinaro.
The spring round of 2013 CSG project applications and reviews included proposals from nine councils and clubs applying for $13,500 in funds. The IFFF Conservation Committee approved eight of them. See details of these new projects on the IFFF Conservation Small Grants page.
The fall CSG solicitation generates another five to six proposals requesting an additional $7,000 to 8,000. The IFFF greatly appreciates your continued assistance in helping our councils and clubs conduct volunteer conservation projects that positively impact their local fisheries. IFFF’s Conservation Small Grants are key elements in our expanded effort to conserve and restore the resource we all value so greatly.
Finally, all are keenly aware that local, state and national environmental budgets have been significantly reduced, which impact the fisheries we love. Your continued support for the IFFF Conservation Small Grants Program can help “fill the breach.” Please show your commitment to conservation for all our sport fisheries and donate today.