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Bull Trout and the Boise River

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Chris Jones           17-Nov-10  

Subject: Bull Trout and the Boise River
From: Chris Jones
Email: jpaul7@q.com
Date: 17-Nov-10

Bull Trout Stir Up Controversy in the Boise River Watershed Public Program to Address New Critical Habitat Decision

Local experts will shed light on the recent designation of bull trout critical habitat in the Boise River watershed at a public program on Wednesday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Boise Library at Ustick and Cole. Ted Koch, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Region Bull Trout Coordinator and Ben Matibag, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Biologist will explain the role of critical habitat in the effort to restore healthy populations of bull trout and specifically address how the designation impacts water management and recreation in the Boise River basin.

Idaho's native cold-water bull trout were listed as threatened in 1999 because of habitat degradation and fragmentation. A 2010 revision of bull trout critical habitat designation has sparked debate and possible legal action between the Service and the state of Idaho and Idaho water users.

The program is free and open to the public.

Presented by Idaho Rivers United, Idaho Conservation League, and Sierra Club.

For more information visit www.idahorivers.org or call 343-7481.

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