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Cooperative Partnerships:

The Art and Science of Protecting Native Fish


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Plum Creek began researching the status and habitat needs of bull trout in 1993, shortly after the fish was proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act. In June 1997, Plum Creek began developing a habitat conservation plan for bull trout and other native fish on 1.6 million acres in Montana, Idaho, and Washington.


This was nearly a year before the bull trout was actually listed as a threatened species in June 1998. The plan is now specifically referred to as the Native Fish Habitat Conservation Plan (NFHCP).

Both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) collaborated in a creative partnership with Plum Creek to develop the NFHCP. The NFHCP is the basis for a 30-year incidental take permit that was issued to Plum Creek in 2000.


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