LEVEL OF CONCERN: HIGH
While recent progress has been made to improve access to spawning habitat in Pine Creek, Eagle Lake Rainbow trout (ELRT) do not exist as a self-sustaining wild population because of its dependence on hatchery propagation.
Removal of non-native Brook trout in Pine Creek, the sole spawning tributary for Eagle Lake Rainbow trout, began in 2007. The Pine Creek fish trap was modified in 2012 to allow passage of spawning fish upstream for the first time in decades. Cattle have been excluded from meadows along Pine Creek to allow riparian habitat to rebound. In 2015, a joint Conservation Agreement that focuses on implementing restoration projects that enhance watershed function and increase spawning and juvenile nursery habitat was signed.
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