State, feds work together on Gila trout recovery project

Gila National Forest

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) – State and federal wildlife managers want to know what the public thinks about a proposal for restoring native Gila trout and other native fish to Whitewater Creek and its tributaries.

The Gila National Forest says the public will have through March 25 to comment on the plan.

Officials say the goal is to restore the Gila trout to about 24 miles of steam in hopes of establishing a fishable population.

The majority of the project would be within the Gila Wilderness.

Under the plan, Gila trout and other native fish would be stocked after nonnative fish are removed.

The proposal also calls for trail maintenance and reconstruction activities to restore public access to Whitewater Creek. Officials say post-fire erosion damaged all of the trails that provide access to the creek. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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