MTU and the Bitterroot Chapter partner on a large-scale road removal and forest restoration project aimed at improving water quality and habitat in trout streams by controlling hillside sediment. Read the full story in this Ravalli Republic article.
Read Smith River landowners’ letter from the Great Falls Tribute.
The USFS and MT FWP work to preserve populations of pure strain Yellowstone cutthroat trout in the upper reaches of the Shields River. Building fish barriers are among the efforts to prevent hybridization or elimination of these rare cutties by brook and rainbow trout. Read more here.
In his article for Cool Green Science, Ted Williams discusses the interplay between private landowners, NGOs and governmental agencies in grayling recovery. Williams emphasizes the success that can be had through a cooperative approach to fisheries management. Involving water rights holders and landowners in conservation efforts serves to build long lasting relationships that only further fisheries protections. Also look for a sweet quote from MTU’s Executive Director, Bruce Farling.