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FEIS: Proposed Strategies to Benefit Native Species by Reducing the Abundance of Lake Trout, Flathead Lake, MT

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The FEIS analyzes the environmental consequences of a proposal to benefit native fish populations by reducing the abundance of non-native lake trout in Flathead Lake. Because of the migratory nature of fish in the system, areas north or upstream of the lake—specifically, the Flathead River and its tributaries— are included in the analysis. The proposed action would use a combination of fisheries population management tools, including angling and netting, to reduce the population of lake trout. The need for the project is based on over two decades of continuous and cooperative regional research, management, and planning by Tribal, State, and Federal agencies. The research, joint planning efforts, and decision-making processes are recorded in our guidance documents, which include: the Flathead Lake and River Fisheries Co-Management Plan (2000), the Restoration Plan for Bull Trout in the Clark Fork River Basin and Kootenai River Basin (2000), the Cutthroat Memorandum of Understanding and Conservation Agreement (2007), the Flathead Subbasin Plan, Part III (2004), the CSKT Comprehensive Resources Plan (1996), and the CSKT Fisheries Management Plan (1993).

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CSKT 2014 Implementation Plan for Co-Management Plan

This plan establishes the annual process that the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will follow to implement the direction of the Co-Management Plan. Click on the button below to download a copy of the plan.

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