Native Rainbow Trout Recovery Plan

Native Rainbow Trout Recovery Plan

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Project Goal:

Apply the Sierra Meadow Strategy approach to establish a prioritized inventory of meadow restoration activities providing maximum habitat benefit for listed Kern River rainbow trout, amphibian, and bird populations within the Sequoia National Forest.


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Project Stages

Ongoing

Estimated Completion Date:
Ongoing

Project Funders

Kern Community Foundation
Wildlife Conservation Board

Fish Affected:

Project Description

This is an evolving suite of complementary projects in partnership with state, federal, and local entities to restore and protect Kern River Rainbow Trout, Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, and Little Kern Golden Trout populations and their habitat across the Sierra range. Science-based approaches are used to stabilize streams, track native trout populations and screen for invasive species through environmental DNA sampling, and promote geographic and genetic diversity to these vulnerable trout populations.

Native trout of the Sierra headwaters meadows are present in one of the most pristine ecosystems in California. Despite their remote location, they are subject to threats to their environment through drought, wildfire and competition from invasive species. An important component of determining the stability of native trout populations is surveying for their presence and those of invasive species within a stream. New technology such as Environmental DNA (eDNA) testing is now successfully used to screen large sections of stream for the presence of aquatic species.

This protocol is part of the WRAMP suite of protocols now being implemented in the Sierra Nevada. These data will tell us about the persistence of native trout such as Kern River Rainbow Trout and Lahontan Cutthroat trout in a stream, and threats from invasive species such as brook trout to prompt immediate implementation of control actions. This monitoring is pursued in parallel with habitat restoration efforts in the region. Science-based approaches are used to stabilize streams and promote geographic and genetic diversity to these vulnerable trout populations.

Project Partners:

US Fish & Wildlife Service
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Kern Community Foundation
Wildlife Conservation Board

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