Drought and increasing stream temperatures are isolating many native fishes to smaller areas where conditions will remain suitable for persistence. These areas are known as “refugia.” We aim to
- Determine where likely temperature refugia will be located for all native fishes in the Missouri, Green, Clark Fork, and Kootenai River drainages of Wyoming and Montana.
- Identify likely drought refugia for all native fishes in the rangelands of the Missouri and Green basins of Wyoming and Montana.
When refugia are identified at the landscape-level, fisheries conservationists will want to ensure there are suitable habitats within these refugia that favor native species. Process-based stream restoration offers the potential to restore streams at a scale not previously achievable with heavily-engineered restoration techniques. We are partnering with federal, state, and private partners to
- Restore several streams in Wyoming and Montana.
- Evaluate the response of diverse fish communities to process-based restoration.
More about this project can be found at www.niallclancy.org
Funding & Partners
Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative
Bureau of Land Management