The WVFF was organized, among other fishy concepts, to promote the well being and sustainability of quality fly fishing in our area. We strive to support events, projects and educational seminars that advance this mandate.
WVFF Conservation and Education Accomplishments
Below is a list of the conservation efforts the club (is) has been involved in:
We helped create a "fly fishing only" site at Upper Wheeler resevoir in the Stemilt Basin.
Each year the WVFF sends 2-3 children from local groups or schools to the annual Northwest Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Academy.
Representing all flyfishers at the Stemilt-Squilchuck Recreational Planning meetings. Efforts are underway to "not love this area to death", coordinate with Magnuson and Mission ridge as they expand their development into this area, retain access and fly fishing opportunities at Upper Wheeler Lk..
Financially assisted a community group of like minded enviornmental stewards, to purchase of the Pashastin Mill waterfront property on the Wenatchee River. This property has been signed over to the WA FIsh and Game Dept. which will hold it in a public trust for all future generations to enjoy. Minimal development and 100% public access.
Brown Trout Tagging
A five year/$5,000 funding committment used in part to purchase two sections of land in the Stemilt Basin slated for conservation work and recreational planning.
Boat Ramp Construction and Maintenance at Upper Analon Lake.
Educational Signs in the Entiat drainage.
Improving selective fishing signs and enlarging the small two car parking space at Upper Wheeler Lake.
Working with the Wenatchee River Institute in Leavenworth by teaching a fly tying class.
Donated $1,000 to WDFW for improvements to local lakes for imporved signage, handicapped access points and informational kiosks.
Volunteering to promote quality fisheries by working with the local TU chapter to provide youth education about fishing and conservation of fisheries.
The word "Conservationist is an old terminology, used long before "Enviromentalist" was coined. Webster defines conservationist as the act of conserving, prevnetion of injury/decay/waste or loss prevention. Also the controlled utilizaqtion or official supervision of natural resources in order to preserve or protect them or to prevent depletion." Our club is a voice that promotes the conservation of the surrounding fisheries. You may note that we do not consider this fishery as "ours". Sure it's in our neighborhood but we just live in it for a short while. As cohabitors of this area, we should protect it, speak for it, and work to maintain it's integrity and capabilities as they have been for eons.