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Restoring WSCT in Banff National Park

May 19, 2022

Wild Lands Advocate Wilderness Watch update by: Phillip Meintzer, AWA Conservation Specialist

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Parks Canada have successfully reintroduced a small population of at-risk westslope cutthroat trout (WSCT) into Hidden Lake in Banff National Park. The Saving Threatened Trout Project is a Parks Canada led initiative. It hopes to conserve and restore the populations of at-risk species of native trout through active management within Banff National Park. This project targets five headwater systems within the Park including Hidden Lake, Little Herbert Lake, Helen Lake, Katherine Lake, and Margaret Lake. At a January presentation to Bow Valley Naturalists, Brad Stitt, Project Manager in the Resource Conservation branch at Parks Canada presented the interim results of this project. Then he emphasized their success at Hidden Lake (and Hidden Creek) to date.

We have spectacular wilderness in Alberta, much of it under some form of protection. Every square millimetre of it has had to be fought for - will always have to be fought for, forever and ever. The struggle to retain and repair wilderness is conducted not just by a few individuals, but by large numbers of committed people, from all walks of life, all working in various ways toward the same end. We need to be grateful to all of them.
- Dave Mayhood
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