Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) will be presenting information on westslope cutthroat trout conservation in the South Fork Flathead at two upcoming meetings. The first meeting will be hosted by Flathead Wildlife, Inc. and will be held at 7pm Thursday, April 12 at the FWP Regional Office ON 490 North Meridian Road in Kalispell. The second meeting is hosted by Flathead Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited and will be held 7pm Tuesday, April 17 at the FWP Regional Office.
Biologists will summarize last year’s restoration project at Necklace Lakes and the post-treatment monitoring and restocking of westslope cutthroat trout that have occurred to date. Plans will also be discussed for the fall 2012 treatment of Lick Lake, which was historically stocked with nonnative Yellowstone cutthroat 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.
These meetings will serve as the annual report back to the public regarding the South Fork of the Flathead Westslope Cutthroat Conservation Project.