Yellowstone Plans to Save Native Fish

April 6, 2010

Conservation

Yellowstone Fly Fishing

Those of you interested in Fly Fishing Yellowstone will be interested in what is going on in the fisheries in Yellowstone National Park.

Interesting article from West Yellowstone News

Invasive species, disease, and climate changes have all led to a decline in the native fish population of Yellowstone National Park. To help halt and eventually reverse that trend, the park has started work on a Native Fish Conservation Plan.

The first step is to ask the public to help identify issues that the park staff should consider when writing the plan and Environmental Assessment. This process, known as public scoping, is now open and runs through April 30, 2010.

The plan is expected to evaluate ways to conserve native fish populations throughout the park. It could include actions such as large scale removal of lake trout, removal of non-native fish from some streams and lakes, and introduction of native fish into restored habitats. The plan will not propose any changes in the Madison or Firehole rivers.

Those interested in the issue are encouraged to attend one of four public scoping open houses scheduled during the month of April:

  • Bozeman, MT: April 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Comfort Inn, 1370 North 7th Avenue.
  • Cody, WY: April 13, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 1701 Sheridan Avenue.
  • Jackson, WY: April 14, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Snow King Resort, 400 E. Snow King Avenue.
  • West Yellowstone, MT: April 15, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 315 Yellowstone Avenue.

Fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park is equivalent to fly fishing nirvana.  We appreciate all those involved in this effort.  If you can get out to a meeting and support what they are doing!

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