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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Stream and Riparian Treatments

BLM FISHERIES NEW MEXICO

Stream and Riparian Treatments

The Taos Field Office Fisheries and Aquatics Program assisted the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) with the stocking of Rio Grande cutthroat trout within 10 miles of the Rio Grande’s Upper, Middle, and Lower Box sections of the Wild and Scenic River; the wild and scenic section of the Red River; areas of the Orilla Verde Recreation Area; and Rio Chama Wild and Scenic River. Aquatic resources addressed include the sensitive Rio Grande Cutthroat trout, recreation, and aquatic biological diversity of the Rio Grande and Rio Chama Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Partners Involved
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Questa Public Schools, Trout Unlimited, US Forest Service, and Taos Schools.

Volunteers hiking into the Rio Grande Wild Rivers Recreation Area with Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout fingerlings for release.

BLM Plans and Objectives Addressed

  • Taos Resource Management Plan (2012), Fisheries Goal to: Expand recreational fisheries while protecting native fish populations and their habitat by developing and enhancing partnerships.
  • Taos Resource Management Plan (2012), Fisheries Objective to: Continue to work with New Mexico Department of Game and fish to stock trout species in BLM-managed waters for recreational fishing opportunities.
  • Taos Resource Management Plan (2012), Special Status Species Objective to: Determine long-term trends in distribution, abundance, and threats or other limiting factors of selected special status species on BLM lands and evaluate the significance of those lands in the conservation of the species.
  • BLM Manual Section 6720, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Objectives (B) (D) (E)