Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will construct fish barriers on the north fork of Highwood Creek and Smith Creek in the Highwood Mountains for the purpose of restoring westslope cutthroat trout habitat in north central Montana. The project will increase the total length of stream holding non-hybridized westslope cutthroat trout from 2 miles to about 6.5 miles of stream. Since non-native brook and rainbow trout exist in this stretch, as well as hybridized westslope cutthroat trout, fish passage barriers are needed in this case to keep out the non-natives and to protect the genetically pure native trout as an intact population. The local private landowner as well as the U.S. Forest Service are partners in the project and strongly support implementation.
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