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Northeast Washington: Key takeaways

1Bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout recovery is 12 years in the making.

2Fish passage barriers are being removed and habitat in the rivers is improving thanks to restoration projects.

3Success is due to collaboration among state, federal, and local governments, citizens, and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians.

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2016 progress and challenges

Progress

  • Protected nearly 3,000 acres of salmon habitat
  • Removed 66 barriers to fish migration, opening nearly 275 miles of habitat to native trout
  • Restored or protected nearly 161 miles of streams

Challenges

  • Loss of habitat connectivity, quality, quantity, and diversity
  • Human-made barriers that block fish migration in the Pend Oreille River and its tributaries
  • Rivers that are too warm and don’t have enough dissolved oxygen
  • Invasion by non-native fish that out compete native trout for food, or worse, eat them

About our region

As Lead Entity, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians Natural Resource Department’s fundamental challenge is to provide tribal members with an opportunity to engage in the same cultural practices as their ancestors, which includes fishing for wild salmonids. The tribe’s aboriginal territory consisted of more than 2 million acres of lands in the inland Northwest, the Kalispel Indian Reservation consists of fewer than 5,000 acres.

The Pend Oreille Salmonid Recovery Team is leading the efforts to recover bull trout, which are a culturally significant species and were listed as threatened with extinction under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1999.  While no recovery goals have been set for bull trout in this region, restoration activities have precluded future listings of native fish species, such as westslope cutthroat trout.

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