The Division of Wildlife Resources and Ashley National Forest have teamed up on a plan to treat waters in the High Uintas Wilderness with rotenone as part of an effort to restore the native cutthroat trout population. “Once the nonnative fish are removed, cutthroat trout will be reintroduced to the streams and lakes,” shares Tuesday’s news release. “Colorado River cutthroat trout are a prized fish across Utah. And a great place to catch them is the High Uinta Wilderness, in the Uinta Mountains in the northeastern part of the state. Unfortunately, habitat loss, coupled with cutthroats breeding with and competing with trout not native to the western United States, have caused dramatic declines in cutthroat trout populations across the West. The decline has led to concerns about the species’ future.” The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project is available for public review at

www.fs.usda.gov

. If approved, the first treatment would occur in 2022.

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