With little vegetation to hold it back, an expected torrent of snowmelt waters next spring has prompted Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to move rare Yellowstone cutthroat trout out of two streams inside the giant wildlife fire’s perimeter. They are being put into streams 30 miles away until the channel condition of the burn area streams stabilizes.

I don’t recall this being done before after a fire. Read, “Montana Trout Moved Because of Wildfire.” Washington Post.

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

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