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2017 Winter Lecture Series


Restoration of the native Rio Grande Cutthroat trout

by Ben Felt


Aquatic biologist with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Grand Junction Office


7 PM, Wednesday, January 25th, 2017


Calvillo’s upstairs meeting room,

400 Main, Alamosa, CO

This talk will be presented by Benjamin (Ben) Felt, the Area Aquatic Biologist in the Grand Junction office of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Ben will discuss the inter-agency reclamation project conducted in 2015 and 2016 to restore native Rio Grande cutthroat trout to 8 miles of stream in the Rio Grande National Forest near Creede, Colorado and to also restore them in a private lake on Humphreys Ranch. This talk will focus on the need for this project, the process of reclaiming these streams and lakes, recent updates on the 2016 treatment, and will highlight the collaborative work that occurred between Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the United States Forest Service and Humphreys Ranch to make this project possible.  


Preceding the talk, the CFI will hold their annual meeting and dinner starting at 6 p.m., all are welcome.

 About the Speaker:


Ben Felt is a Colorado native who was born and raised in Grand Junction.  He was the Area Aquatic Biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the San Luis Valley from March of 2013 to June of 2016.  Earlier this year he accepted a transfer to be the Area Aquatic Biologist in Grand Junction.  His work in the San Luis Valley focused on the management of Rio Grande cutthroat trout as well as the management of popular sport fisheries such as the Rio Grande and Conejos River.  He attended Colorado State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Biology in 2007.  He received his Master's Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Michigan State University in 2013; his research at MSU involved studying different stocks of lake trout in Lake Superior and in a Canadian research hatchery. 


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