2017 Winter Lecture Series
Rio Grande cutthroat trout (RGCT) restoration project
by Benjamin Felt
Grand Junction Area Aquatic Biologist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
7 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Calvillo's upstairs meeting room
A large inter-agency reclamation project was conducted in 2015 and 2016 to restore native Rio Grande cutthroat trout (RGCT) to 8 miles of stream in the Rio Grande National Forest near Creede, Colorado and to also restore RGCT in a private lake on Humphreys Ranch. A fish toxicant called rotenone was applied to the streams in the Roaring Fork drainage to remove brook trout and was also used to remove all fish from Haypress Lake which historically served as the state's wild broodstock of Rio Grande cutthroat trout. This talk will focus on the need for this project, the process of reclaiming these streams and lakes, recent updates on the 2016 treatment, and will highlight the collaborative work that occurred between Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the United States Forest Service and Humphreys Ranch to make this project possible.
Preceding the talk, the CFI will hold their annual meeting and dinner starting at 6 p.m., all are welcome.
About the Speaker:
Ben Felt is a Colorado native who was born and raised in Grand Junction. He was the Area Aquatic Biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the San Luis Valley from March of 2013 to June of 2016. Earlier this year he accepted a transfer to be the Area Aquatic Biologist in Grand Junction. His work in the San Luis Valley focused on the management of Rio Grande cutthroat trout as well as the management of popular sport fisheries such as the Rio Grande and Conejos River. He attended Colorado State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Biology in 2007. He received his Masters Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Michigan State University in 2013; his research at MSU involved studying different stocks of lake trout in Lake Superior and in a Canadian research hatchery.