Restoration of Westslope Cutthroat Trout in the East Fork Specimen Creek Watershed
Yellowstone National Park has one of the most significant aquatic ecosystems found in the United States. National Park Service (NPS) mandates require that the park preserves this vital ecosystem and ensures that indigenous species persist and are restored when appropriate.
The westslope cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki lewisi, WCT), has substantially declined in the park and elsewhere within its range in the upper Missouri River drainage. Losses within the park are primarily due to interbreeding (hybridization) with other trout, particularly introduced Yellowstone cutthroat trout and non-native rainbow trout. To address this problem, the park is proposing to restore genetically pure WCT populations to the Specimen Creek watershed in the northwestern corner of the park.
The NPS will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze effects from this proposed project for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The NPS is soliciting comments from the public on the issues, alternatives, and impacts to park resources to be analyzed in the EA. Potential issues to be addressed include effects to health and human safety; air quality; water quality and wetlands; geology and hydrology; aquatic resources including fish; wildlife; threatened and endangered species; and recreation (including angling).
Area public scoping meetings will be held in Bozeman, Montana (November 16) and in West Yellowstone, Montana (November 17).
To submit public comments through this website, go to the Documents List link on this page, click on WCT Public Scoping Newsletter, then click on Comment on document.
Scoping comments must be received by midnight, November 30, 2005.
To submit comments on the environmental assessment (EA) through this website, click on the Documents List link on this page, click on Restoration of Westslope Cutthroat Trout in the East Fork Specimen Creek Watershed Environmental Assessment, then click on Comment on document.
Comments on the EA must be received by midnight, June 7, 2006.
Thank you for your participation.
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