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Bull trout land back in river waters

Bull trout are back.

The fish that were once plentiful but had disappeared from the Clackamas River and its tributaries in the 1960s, were listed for protection under the Federal Endangered Species Act.

About seven years ago, a number of partners, including the U.S. Forest Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs and Portland General Electric got together and began discussing a bull trout reintroduction plan.

This summer, bull trout were released into the upper reaches of the Clackamas River.

The Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation invites you to learn about the historic 2011 bull trout reintroduction in the Clackamas River through a free lecture by biologists Patrick Barry of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Chris Allen of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The presentation will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Ecotrust Building in Portland's Pearl District, 721 N.W. Ninth Ave.

During the lecture, you will learn about the planning, the reintroduction and the prognosis for bull trout in the region. Admission is free, but registration is required. Register online at the Foundation's website, owhf.org/discoveringwildlife.

About Oregon Wildlife

Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation was established in 1981 to receive money for and provide funding to beneficial fish, wildlife and habitat projects throughout Oregon. Over the last 30 years, Oregon Wildlife has directed over $15 million dollars in monetary support to hundreds of fish and wildlife-related projects. Some of the more notable efforts include a fund raising campaign in 1983-84 to purchase frontage along the lower 12 miles of the Deschutes River and an emergency wildlife feeding program in 1996.