Monitoring habitat of the California golden trout
A 10-year ban on grazing in a large portion of the Golden Trout Wilderness runs out this year. The ban was imposed to restore badly eroded habitat for the nearly extinct state fish. Now, the U.S. Forest Service must decide whether to eliminate grazing altogether or forge a compromise among contentious stakeholders, including environmentalists and ranchers who have run cattle through the Eastern Sierra for 150 years.
Read Louis Sahagun’s article: “Cows versus trout in the Eastern Sierra”
September 26, 2011, 1:32 pm
Everyone desires more wealth, which having increased access to grazing creates. However, at the expense of a genetically pure population of a rare, native species, the state fish no less, it would be naive to permit such a harmful activity, especially where there are other locations such as one's own ranch, where these trout do not occur, to do so. There is a lack of genetic purity in the trout populations of the world. It would be (to use a word instead of a whole volley of other less genteel words) a shame to elevate economic desire and antiquated tradition over treasured natural diversity, the golden trout deserving the title of "treasured species."
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