Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Big Lost fishery focus of conference

Trout Unlimited presentation also looks at stream flow issues

An event detailing Trout Unlimited?s field work in central and eastern Idaho to protect wild and native trout is scheduled 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at River Run Lodge in Ketchum. Attendees will include Charles Gauvin, Trout Unlimited?s CEO, and Trout Unlimited natural resource program staff.

Topics will include the rollout of initial findings from a Trout Unlimited assessment of the Upper Big Lost River, a favorite fishing area for local anglers. The Big Lost River above Mackay Reservoir has fallen on hard times in recent years, and the assessment explores some of the factors for fishery decline, and provides recommendations both for additional research to help better understand this unique river system and management actions that could help reverse declines.

The presentation will also include details related to Trout Unlimited?s efforts to protect and restore streamflows in central and eastern Idaho. Trout Un-limited recently released a report titled ?Idaho Crossroads: The Challenge for Idaho?s Rivers and Streams in the 21st Century.? The organization is currently working on the ground with landowners to develop innovative strategies to protect and restore streamflows in high priority native and wild trout streams.

Silver Creek Outfitters, of Ketchum, and John F. Maher, chairman of the Trout Unlimited National Board of Trustees, are sponsoring the event to focus attention on fishery issues and Trout Unlimited programs in Idaho.

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