SCIENTIFIC REPORT: WESTERN
TROUT NEED ROAD-LESS HABITAT
The newly formed Western Native Trout campaign
released a scientific report on 11-5-01 showing the importance of road-less
areas to imperiled native western trout. Using GIS technology and biological
indicators of trout health, the report shows that the remaining healthy
populations of native trout are strongly correlated with road-less areas.
If these areas are fragmented with road construction as proposed by the
Bush administration, extinction of unique trout populations and possibly
entire species may result.
Over 2.8 million acres of road-less area were lost in the past two decades
The Western Native Trout Campaign is a coalition of conservation and angling
groups dedicated to studying, protecting and enjoying the West's native
trout. The report was produced by Biodiversity Associates, the Center
for Biological Diversity, and the Pacific Rivers Council.
Visit the Western Native Trout Campaign at www.westerntrout.org
ENN story on the trout report: http://enn.com/news/enn-stories/2001/11/11072001/s_45489.asp