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Native Greenback Cutthroat Recovery Update

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Join Alpine Anglers for a local update on fisheries conservation work in Rocky Mountain National Park and throughout Colorado. The event will take place from 6-8PM at the American Legion located at 850 N St Vrain Ave in Estes Park, CO.

The event will begin with a social hour from 6-7PM with drinks available at the American Legion Bar. Take this time to enjoy the company of like-minded fisheries conservationists and fellow fisher-people.

At 7:00PM, the program will begin. Our two speakers for the evening are Chris Kennedy, fisheries biologist for the USFWS in Rocky Mountain National Park, and Dr. James J. Roberts, fisheries biologist for the USGS.

Chris Kennedy will speak about upcoming projects in Rocky Mountain National Park and updates on the Greenback Cutthroat Trout restoration work.

Dr. James J. Roberts will present his talk “Climate Change and Cutthroat Trout Conservation in the Southern Rockies.” The abstract for Dr. Robert’s talks is included below:

Abstract: Mountain streams and lakes are important refuge habitats for native fishes and are influenced by climate change through shifting thermal and hydrological regimes. Cutthroat Trout (CT; Oncorhynchus clarkii) in the southern Rocky Mountains (SRM) inhabit small fractions of their historic ranges and current populations are found in fragments of habitat in mountain streams and lakes. Therefore, a cornerstone of CT conservation strategies involves increasing the connectivity of stream and lake habitats (via increased stream length or habitat area) to provide greater habitat heterogeneity. However, a tradeoff is that upstream invasion by non-native fishes also threaten persistence of CT, and a management strategy to prevent these invasions are movement barriers that intentionally fragment watersheds.

Throughout the event, there will be silent auction and raffle items ranging from local gift certificates to artwork to outdoor and fishing gear. Proceeds from raffle tickets, silent auction items and event donations will directly support Greenback Cutthroat Trout recovery efforts locally.