Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Yellowstone Cutthroat in Big Trouble!

American Legion Hall ~ 315 South Bowen St. ~ Longmont, CO
6:30 to 8:00 PM on April 19, 2012 .... Map

The St Vrain Anglers & The Boulder Flycasters are proud to jointly sponsor a very special evening with Dave Sweet, Special Project Manager for the infestation of Lake trout in Yellowstone Lake.  For over 15 years the ecological disaster caused by illegally introduced lake trout has accelerated to an alarming levels.    Park.  To date a total of over 800,000 lake trout have been netted; 220,000 in 2011 alone. The lake trout population is now estimated at 300,000 - 400,000 adult fish.

Some estimates are now concluding that cutthroat populations are a mere 10% of historical levels!

Every fly fisherman is keenly aware that these fish are vital to the chain of life that all creatures in the Park depend upon.  Most of us have enjoyed fishing and the wildlife in the Park.  Is this something you want your children and grandchildren to enjoy?

Dave will talk about the challenges that confront the remediation team and the action plan that is currently being followed.

We think this problem needs immediate attention and support from any group concerned about preserving this national treasure.  Find out wha's being done and how you can help.
Dave Sweet has been a TU member since the mid 1970’s when he joined the St. Vrain anglers in Longmont, CO. Since 1988, he has been a member of the East Yellowstone Chapter in Cody, WY holding numerous positions including President, Treasurer, Board Member and Chair of the “Save the Yellowstone Cutthroat” committee. He is also active in the Wyoming Council where he served as Chair from 2007 through 2010, and is currently Treasurer. In 2010, he was named Yellowstone Lake Special Project Manager for the Council and has been active in saving the Yellowstone cutthroats of YNP for the past 4 years. At the fall, 2011 National TU meeting in Bend, OR; Dave was recognized with the “Distinguished Service Award” for his efforts on Yellowstone Lake and in the Wyoming Council.

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