Herman Gulch reclamation planned for greenback cutthroat trout
Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Colorado Parks and Wildlife, with assistance from West Denver Trout Unlimited and Trout Unlimited Greenbacks group, captured 477 non-native trout from Herman Gulch and released them into Clear Creek at the Bakerville exit bridge. However, for reestablishment of greenbacks to succeed, all other fish currently in the stream population must be removed. This removal will be done using rotenone, an EPA-approved organic compound used for decades to control fish populations.
The greenback cutthroat trout is listed as "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act and has been named Colorado's State Fish. Successful reintroduction of greenbacks to Herman Gulch will greatly enhance the species' conservation status in its native range, the South Platte Basin of Colorado.
The U.S. Forest Service will close the Herman Gulch trailhead, along with the trailhead parking lot, on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 to facilitate carrying out the project in a safe and effective manner.
For more information on greenback cutthroat recovery, visit: http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/ResearchGreenbackCutthroatTrout.aspx