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Tippets: Native Trout Management in Glacier National Park, Apache Trout Facts, Fish Kill in Colorado, Ruling in Favor of Wild Salmon & Steelhead

May 11, 2016 By: Erin Block

  • Temperature-sensitive species like bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout face growing risks from climate change and non-native species. In Glacier National Park native trout are being moved to higher-elevation locales that were previously inaccessible to fish, allowing genetically pure populations to establish themselves free from the threat of non-native fish species and better insulated from rising temperatures. Via High Country News.
  • While Apache trout have made an impressive comeback in their native range in Arizona, they remain listed as “threatened” on the Endangered Species List. Learn more about this species, in the newest “Fish Facts” series on the Orvis blog.
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife reports that chemical runoff from a construction site produced a massive fish kill on the Lower North Fork Big Thompson and Big Thompson River in Colorado. The construction project is part of recovery from the September 2013 floods. Via The Denver Post.
  • Recently, the U.S. District court ruled in favor of wild salmon and steelhead, stating that the new management plan for the Columbia and Snake Rivers “violates the federal Endangered Species Act and additionally the National Environmental Policy Act.” Via Earth Justice.