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Fish Habitat Partnerships Making a Difference: Whitewater-Baldy Fire Gila Trout Habitat Assessment and Species Rehabilitation

from the National Fish Habitat Partnership's 2015 Through a Fish's Eye Report

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Partnership - Western Native Trout Initiative The Gila Trout ( Oncorhynchus gilae) is one of the rarest native trout species in the United States. Gila trout were listed as federally endangered in 1967, and re-classified as threatened in 2006 after efforts to restore populations were successful. Over the past 25 years, 14 wildfires have burned in watersheds occupied by Gila Trout, requiring fish evacuation on multiple occasions, and ten Gila Trout populations have been eliminated, setting back recovery efforts. While previous fires only affected one or two populations of fish, recent fires have become exceedingly large. The 2012 Whitewater-Baldy fire burned over 290,000 acres, encompassing much of the current range of Gila [...]

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The U.S Geological Survey (USGS) is partnering with the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) to produce the 2015 report entitled, "Through a Fish's Eye: The Status of Fish Habitats in the United States 2015". The information contained within this item is a product of NFHP. The Bureau is neither responsible nor liable for the accuracy or the use of the scientific content within this item. This content is considered preliminary pending subsequent review and approval.

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