The Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation (YDCCF) was established in 2016 by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures to support the local fisheries, ecosystems and communities where Yellow Dog customers travel and where great angling is found. Since Inception, YDCCF has leveraged more than $62,000 for grass-roots projects in Alaska, the Bahamas, Belize, Chile, the Cook Islands, Cuba, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Mexico, Mongolia and Montana.The Board of YDCCF met again on October 30, 2018 and approved another $43,000 for eight new grants to projects in Belize, California, Montana, and Washington. These newest grants are illustrative of YDCCF’s continued commitment to fisheries restoration, protection and education, and community assistance. Groups funded include the Madison Conservation District in Ennis, Montana; the Wild Salmon Center in Portland Oregon; Gallatin Watershed Council in Bozeman, Montana; Montana Wilderness School in Bozeman, Montana; and Cast Hope in San Diego, California, among others.
In addition, the Board of YDCCF voted unanimously to launch a long term effort in partnership with the Bonefish Tarpon Trust. The effort, Project Belize, is an effort to identify important habitats and locations for conservation in Belize, and use this information to propose fisheries and habitat protections. The project will also help to establish an education program to build public support and understanding of the importance of the flats fishery and flats conservation to the country of Belize.
YDCCF has also joined the newly formed the Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries. The members of the coalition include: Oceana, Turneffe Atoll Trust, Belize Federation of Fishers, Belize Game Fish Association, Belize National Sport Fishing Association, and YDCCF, along with nearly all of the fishing lodges located throughout Belize. The goal of this coalition is to advocate for the phase out and banning of gillnets in Belize.
Gillnets are indiscriminate and cause significant damage to Belize’s sport fishing industry – an industry providing 2500 – 3000 quality jobs and generating in excess of $100 million dollars annually for Belize’s economy. Gillnets have been banned in several countries and in the US in Florida. Decision makers in these areas have realized that gillnets are both environmentally unsustainable and economically detrimental.
YDCCF provides a mechanism for all anglers to support the destinations and communities they care about, and help other nonprofits and businesses connect with local communities on-the-ground. As anglers, this work not only fulfills the responsibility to be good stewards of fisheries resources, it also defines our legacy for future generations.
For more information about YDCCF, their grants, and how to apply, please visit www.ydccf.org
Sarah Davies Tilt
Executive Director – Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Fund
Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation
October 30, 2018
Cast Hope, Chico, California
Cast Hope brings kids and mentors together through the sport of fly fishing. Through guided fly fishing trips, fishing clinics, fly tying events, camp outs, road trips, conservation outings, and outdoor education Cast Hope trying to create a healthy hobby that kids and mentors can do together. The funds provided by YDCCF will be assist cast Hope to host two fishing clinics and fly fishing equipment for 50 at-risk kids of San Diego County, California. Each youth will receive a rod, necessary flies, leaders, tippet, etc.Greater Gallatin Watershed Council
The Greater Gallatin Watershed Council (GGWC) works with local volunteers, landowners, and community partners to bring water quality monitoring, stream restoration, and watershed education to the Gallatin Valley with the goal of improving water quality for all. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, GGWC worked with community stakeholders to develop the Lower Gallatin Watershed Restoration Plan (WRP), and began working on stream restoration projects identified in the Lower Gallatin WRP. YDCCF funds will help GWC to hire a Big Sky Watershed Corps (BSWC) member and provides critical capacity for GGWC to implement the Gallatin Restoration Project Inventory, an effort to bring stream restoration professionals and stakeholders together to share resources, form connections and develop partnerships that will lead to the comprehensive and durable health and enhancement of our rivers and streams.Madison Conservation District, Ennis, Montana
YDCCF awarded a grant to the Madison Conservation District to conduct Phase II of the Lower Jack Creek Restoration Project that will restore and enhance riparian vegetation along Jack Creek and to improve in-stream habitat within Jack Creek by re-establishing riffle and pool stream structure. Implementation of this project will restore an ecologically functioning riparian corridor along the lower reach of Jack Creek that will allow for natural channel migration and sediment transport processes, while also providing for improved in-stream habitat and increased shading along the stream channel resulting in a net increase in aquatic resource functions and services.
Montana Wilderness School, Bozeman, Montana
The Montana Wilderness School provides empowering expeditionary wilderness courses to youth that foster personal growth and cultivate a conservation ethic through connecting with remote landscapes and wild places. YDCCF awarded a grant to assist with scholarship funding for deserving underserved Montana youth ages 14-18 from Park County and Gallatin County to attend an MWS Expedition focusing on fishing.
Wild Salmon Center, Portland, Oregon
YDCCF awarded a grant to the Wild Salmon Center (WSC) to support their Cold Water Connection Campaign on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. WSC is partnering with Trout Unlimited and Coast Salmon Partnership on a multi-year project to engineer and correct 100 priority fish passage barriers, which will enable us to reconnect 150 river miles on some of Washington’s best salmon and steelhead rivers. With YDCCF’s support over the coming year WSC will: 1) complete an inventory and assessments on stream barriers in the Olympic Peninsula to fill an inventory data gap, 2) design and engineer up to 25 barrier removal projects on priority streams, and 3) develop a short film that highlights the ecological and human values of the coastal region to share with grassroots and grasstops constituents.
Cayo Rosario, Belize
YDCCF awarded a grant to ACCSD (Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development) to oppose the Belize Department of the Environment in approving the Cayo Rosario Development, and specifically the over water structures in a marine reserve. This is an important project addressing potential development threats to the marine reserve now and in the future.
Guiding for the Future, Montana
YDCCF awarded a grant to assist the Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana (FOAM) to create a Montana “Guiding for the Future- Montana Fishing Guide Certification Program” providing advanced levels of knowledge and skill development for professional fishing guides. The program’s aim is to increase the guide’s professionalism and his/her leadership in aquatic resource stewardship, education, and advocacy. Further, the program demonstrates the commitment of guides, outfitters, fly shops, and the fly fishing industry to the conservation and wise use of Montana’s waters state-wide.
Direct Charitable Activities
YDCCF has developed a partnership with the Bonefish Tarpon Trust (BTT) to help address the gill net issue and future development pressures in Belize. Project Belize is a collaborative, multi-year program to provide information directly applicable to conservation and protection of the flats fishery and habitats in Belize. With BTT, YDCCF has commissioned an economic analysis to identify important habitats and locations for conservation in Belize, and use this information to propose fisheries and habitat protections. The next phase of the project will be to help to establish an education program to build public support and understanding of the importance of the flats fishery and flats conservation to the country of Belize.