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Strategic Planning
and Resource Assessment

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Forest Service 2003 Success Stories

Success Stories: Reservoirs Restored to Provide Habitat for Sensitive Species

On Battlement Mesa, on the White River National Forest , a chain of seven abandoned 1800s-era reservoirs and dams were once used for irrigation. These reservoirs were in poor condition, having long since been abandoned.

A partnership among Great Outdoors Colorado, USDA Forest Service, USDI Bureau of Reclamation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and local county and state agencies is redesigning and rebuilding three of these dams and reservoirs to provide needed new habitat for the Colorado River cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki pleuriticus), which is a sensitive species.

The first dam has been completed, non-native fish species have been removed from the reservoir, and native Colorado River cutthroat trout are being stocked throughout 2003. Soon, two other dams will be restored.

An additional reservoir will be converted into a shallow wetland, to provide habitat for many amphibian, shore bird, and other wildlife species, and to reduce the hazard rating of the dams.

This project is one of many done on National Forest System lands nationwide to improve habitat conditions for "at-risk", sensitive species, and to prevent such species from needing further protection through listing under the Endangered Species Act.

 

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