Daniel Ritz’s Western Native Trout In Western Public Waters’ Presentation
Title: Western Native Trout in Western Public Waters Length
Summary: Daniel Ritz takes us on a journey around the West, sharing his experience completing the Western Native Trout Challenge over the summer of 2021. Over the course of his trip, Ritz completed a 40-part series for Trout Unlimited’s digital magazine sharing his experience pursuing each of the 20 available native species of the Western 12 states over a 6-month period.
States Included: Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana
Species Included: Apache trout, Dolly Varden, Alaskan Lake trout, Arctic Char, Alaskan Rainbow trout, Arctic Grayling, Colorado River cutthroat trout, Bonneville cutthroat trout, Rio Grande cutthroat trout, Gila trout, Lahontan cutthroat trout, California Golden trout, Kern River rainbow trout, Little Kern Golden trout, Redband trout, Coastal cutthroat trout, Bull trout, Westslope cutthroat trout, Yellowstone cutthroat trout, Eagle Lake rainbow trout
About Daniel Ritz, 33, is an outdoor journalist and writer based in Boise, Idaho. The former editor of the Dana Point Times has had his work published by Trout Unlimited, Orvis, Western Native Trout Initiative, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers,Outdoor Idaho Magazine, Alaska Sporting Journal, Fish Alaska Magazine and Visit Idaho: Idaho Department of Tourism.
His editorial focus is contemporary issues regarding conservation, the environment, outdoor recreation and legislation.
Most recently, Ritz created a 40-part series sharing the experience of his Western Native Trout Challenge that was published by Trout Unlimited, Orvis and Western Native Trout Initiative and Montana Fly Company. In it, he wrote personal experience based essays and natural history and science based “Species Profiles” for each of the 20 available native trout and char species of the Western 12 states of the United States.
Ritz is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Idaho Wildlife Federation and volunteers as the communications coordinator for the Ted Trueblood Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Ritz graduated in 2009 from Salisbury University on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Philosophy. He resides in Boise with his partner Holly, their Wirehaired Pointing Griffon named Trout and an oversized cat named Julio.