In a positive step for the future of bull trout recovery, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is
announcing the availability of a Revised Draft Recovery Plan for the Coterminous U.S. Population of
Bull Trout. The Service is requesting review and comments on the plan as part of a 90-day public
Bull trout is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in the lower 48 United States. It
occurs in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Nevada.
The Revised Draft Recovery Plan updates the recovery criteria proposed in the 2002 and 2004 draft
recovery plans to focus on effective management of threats to bull trout, and de-emphasizes achieving
targeted population numbers of adult bull trout in specific areas.
“The draft recovery plan is a road map for how to reach bull trout recovery, and it builds on the ongoing
efforts by our partners since it was listed in 1999,” said Mike Carrier, state supervisor for the Service’s
Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office. The Idaho office is the lead office for developing the recovery plan.
“Working with state and federal agencies, Tribes, partners and the public during the next year to finalize
the plan is essential. We are actively seeking their review and input.”
The primary revised recovery strategy for bull trout has five key elements:
The Service expects to publish a Final Recovery Plan for the Coterminous U.S. Population of Bull Trout
by Sept. 30, 2015. The final bull trout recovery plan will include individual Recovery Unit
Implementation Plans (RUIP) for each recovery unit. The RUIPs will be developed through collaboration
of interested and knowledgeable Federal, Tribal, State, private, and other parties prior to completion of
the final recovery plan.
To allow public review and comment on the draft RUIPs for each recovery unit, including the draft
Implementation Schedule and total estimated recovery costs, the Service will offer an additional comment
period in 2015 prior to completing the final bull trout recovery plan.
The initial public comment period will close Dec. 3, 2014. Comments may be mailed or hand-delivered in
writing to Bull Trout Recovery, Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Room 368, Boise,
ID 83709; by fax to (208) 378–5262; or emailed to email@example.com.
For more information or a copy of the plan, visit the www.fws.gov/pacific/bulltrout/.
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