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Sent: Monday, March 27, 2000 6:51 AM
Subject: Fwd: ODFW news release: Mar 23
Good Monday morning, Norm.
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>Subj: Redband Trout Decision
>Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
>For Immediate Release Date: March 23, 2000
>Work Must Continue to Protect Oregon's Redband Trout
>PORTLAND - In light of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's announcement
>this week that the Great Basin redband trout needs no protection under the
>Endangered Species Act, it would be easy to kick back and forget about the
>hardy trout that has adapted to the harsh climate of southeast Oregon. But
>that would be a big mistake, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and
> "With the end of drought and good water year in 1999, redband trout
>numbers were sufficient to stave off a listing," said Chip Dale, ODFW's
>High Desert Regional Director. "But efforts need to be ongoing to protect
>habitat for the fish, so it can survive the next drought."
> ODFW and US Fish & Wildlife Service biologists conducted a survey of
>redband trout in 1999. They concluded the species was found in sufficient
>densities and determined that protection under the Endangered Species Act
>was not warranted.
>"A key element was the willingness of private landowners to allow sampling
>on their property," Dale said. "It was a risk that might have backfired on
>them, but in this case it was their cooperation that resulted in data which
>gave a more valid representation of the population."
> Jeff Dambacher, an ODFW scientist who oversaw the research, noted that the
>decision not to list the species was based on an impartial use of good
>science. More than 70 percent of key Great Basin sites were sampled which
>produced a rigorous estimate of population size and density. In 1999, fish
>densities were high to moderate in some places.
> However, Dambacher said, "There were problem areas with some habitat.
>It's not a completely rosy picture - we did encounter some areas that need
>The drought wasn't the only factor affecting Great Basin redband trout
>numbers, according to the petition filed by the Oregon Natural Desert
>Association, Oregon Trout, the Native Fish Society and the Oregon Council
>of Trout Unlimited. Habitat destruction by livestock grazing, irrigation,
>removal of water from streams, fragmentation of populations, stream
>channelization and timber harvest all contributed to a decline in redband
>trout numbers, the petition said. Competition and predation by non-native
>species such as crappie, bass, bullhead and brook trout also posed a threat
>to the fish, the petition contended.
> In southeast Oregon, ODFW closed many streams to angling during the
>drought, affecting anglers, as well as the economy of some rural
>communities. The agency also ceased stocking hatchery fish in streams, and
>its biologists offered technical advice to private landowners. Many
>private landowners cooperated by limiting streamside grazing, restoring
>riparian vegetation, removing barriers to fish passage and installing
>screens to prevent fish from swimming into irrigation canals. Land
>management agencies modified both grazing and timber harvest practices to
>help restore streamside vegetation and remove fish passage barriers.
> There is still a lot of work to do to ensure that redband trout in the
>Great Basin won't be imperiled during the next drought.
> "We can't abandon the concepts of good watershed management," said Wayne
>Bowers, an ODFW fisheries biologist in Hines who spent many days sampling
>for redband in 1999. "There's going to be dry years to come and we need to
>protect healthy stream habitats for the fish to have a safe refuge."
>ODFW is conducting several long term studies to increase scientific
>knowledge about the Great Basin redband trout. Radio tags are being
>surgically implanted in some redbands in Goose Lake, Chewaucan, Warner and
>Blitzen basins. Juvenile redband trout are also being trapped in the
>Chewaucan basin to help estimate the number of juvenile fish moving
>downstream, and the relationship of their movements to water flow and
> Dale would also like to see more private landowners join in the
>conservation effort. "Cooperative agreements and partnerships were the
>formula for success in this effort, and I think they point the way to the
>future," he noted. "We need to expand these efforts for redband trout, and
>also be prepared to apply the same concepts to other fish and wildlife
>issues as they emerge. The redband trout offers proof that working
>together, we can successfully maintain critical fish and wildlife
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