The National Park Service has long recognized the value of native species and was indeed set up to provide places where those species would have a refuge as our country changed. Today, Glacier National Park is starting the preparation process for a “Fisheries Management, Aquatics Restoration, and Climate Change Response Plan/EIS” to address a number of large-scale issues facing the park’s native aquatic ecosystems, including the severely detrimental and potentially widespread effects of climate change and non-native invasive species.
The NPS has released a scoping document to begin the process and they are looking for your comments to find out what is important to folks who use the park and see the importance of providing refugia for native aquatic species. Our native bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout have taken a lot of hits over the last 100 years and if they are to survive for our granchildren, we must begin to act now. Please read the document and let NPS know that as our planet changes, it is important that we protect and restore where we can, those habitats that protect species that evolved here.
“As is the case throughout the region, the park’s native populations of federally protected bull trout have suffered from years of predation and out-competition by introduced lake trout. Bull trout are also at risk for hybridization with non-native brook trout, producing less resilient and often infertile offspring.”
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