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Westslope Cutthroat Trout Restoration in Two Small Streams in the Big Hole River Drainage

06/27/2012

Restoration & Rehabilitation

The enclosed Environmental Assessment (EA) proposes to restore westslope cutthroat trout to the North Fork of Doolittle Creek and Sixmile Creek in the Big Hole River drainage. This project involves constructing a fish migration barrier in Sixmile Creek using explosives to enhance an existing waterfall (a barrier currently exists in the North Fork of Doolittle Creek), and removing non-native brook trout upstream of both barriers using rotenone in the formulation of CFT Legumine. The native fish and amphibians would be salvaged prior to non-native fish removal and held during the treatment of the stream then released. It may be necessary to import non-hybridized cutthroat to these streams to aid in repopulation and reduce the likelihood of inbreeding, due to the low cutthroat density in both the North Fork of Doolittle Creek and Sixmile Creek. This EA is available for review in Helena at FWP’s Headquarters, the State Library, and the Environmental Quality Council. It also may be obtained from FWP at the address provided above, or viewed on FWP’s Internet website: http://www.fwp.mt.gov . Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks invites you to comment on the attached proposal. Public comment will be accepted until July 27, 2012 @ 5:00 pm.

Contact Information

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks North Fork Doolittle and Sixmile Westslope Cutthroat Restoration Attn: Jim Olsen 1820 Meadowlark Ln. Butte, MT 59701 Or e-mailed to: jimolsen@mt.gov