|The Clackamas River, Oregon (M. Koski, USFWS)|
|Doesn't this Clackamas tributary look like excellent bull trout spawning and rearing habitat? Why, yes it does! The water here is COLD, CLEAR, COMPLEX (i.e., lots of woody debris and cover), and CONNECTED. Those are the 4 C's that bull trout need! (M. Koski, USFWS)|
Planning for this project started in about 2004, and I've been involved in the planning efforts for almost three years now. My work has focused primarily on helping to define and shape the monitoring and evaluation program, and provide technical assistance when needed. When bull trout finally went into the river last year, there were a lot of really happy people that were able to start seeing their hard work pay off! And yesterday, although I didn't do the difficult tasks of chasing down the fish and trucking them over, I was able to actually put one of those bull trout in the river myself. Woo hoo!
|Patrick Barry (ODFW) and Brad Goehring (USFS) pick out a nice subadult bull trout for me from the transport truck (C. Allen, USFWS).|
|Good luck, bull trout! I hope that you like your new home! (C. Allen, USFWS)|
If you want to learn more about the Clackamas bull trout reintroduction project, please visit the project's website here. You can read more about why this project was initiated, how it will benefit the recovery of bull trout, and how we are safeguarding the other listed fish in the Clackamas with our monitoring program. There's even a short video of bull trout spawning from our very first year of the reintroduction!