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Forest Service Approves Fish Stocking Project On The Blackfoot River

Westslope cutthroat trout.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Westslope cutthroat trout.

The U.S Forest Service has approved a project that will stock the North Fork of the Blackfoot River with westslope cutthroat trout as population numbers for the native fish decline.

The North Fork of the Blackfoot River is in the Scapegoat Wilderness, which spans portions of the Lolo and Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forests. Westslope cutthroat trout are native to the area, but federal officials say their populations have declined due to habitat degradation, climate change and hybridization with non-native rainbow trout.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will carry out the project in two phases. First, non-native species will be removed, then westslope cutthroat trout will be stocked over the next one to six years. The project could begin as soon as this summer.

Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.
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