South Fork Cutthroat Conservation Project To Be Discussed At May 11 Meeting

By Beacon Staff

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) will conduct a public informational meeting on the Westslope Cutthroat Trout Conservation Project on Wednesday, May 11, 7:30-9 p.m. at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Office on North Meridian Road in Kalispell. The meeting will be hosted by the Region One Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC has been involved in public outreach regarding the project for several years.

The purpose of the Westslope Cutthroat Trout Conservation Project is to conserve native westslope cutthroat trout in the South Fork of the Flathead River, which is the major stronghold for westslope cutthroat trout in Montana. The public meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. with an informational presentation followed by time for questions and discussion.

Biologists will summarize the successful 2010 treatment of Wildcat Lakes and the post-treatment monitoring and restocking that have occurred to date. Plans will also be discussed for the fall 2011 treatment of Necklace Lakes, which were historically stocked with nonnative rainbow trout. Removal of these fish is necessary to eliminate the hybridization risk that they pose to the remaining populations of westslope cutthroat trout in the South Fork Flathead drainage.

For more information on these projects please contact Matt Boyer at 751-4556 or by email, [email protected] Additional information can also be found on the project website: http://fwp.mt.gov/r1/wctproject/default.html

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