In February of 2001, Inyo National Forest issued a Decision Notice that implemented a 10-year period of rest on the Templeton and Whitney grazing allotments in the Golden Trout Wilderness to facilitate recovery of watershed and channel conditions. The Notice indicated that grazing on the two allotments would be reconsidered at the end of the 10-year period. The Inyo National Forest has initiated an analysis and review of the Monache, Mulkey, Templeton and Whitney grazing allotments in the Kern Plateau/Golden Trout Wilderness on the Mt Whitney Ranger District.  This review will culminate in proposed actions that are analyzed through the NEPA process (EIS) that involves analyzing different alternatives to the proposed action, requires public notice and comment, and results in a NEPA decision. Final NEPA decisions are subject to administrative appeal.

SWC-FFF is providing this webpage as a resource for those interested in this important issue.






"Source of Map:  California Golden Trout Conservation Assessment and Strategy, page 22

USFS Inyo National Forest Webpage for Kern Plateau Grazing Assessment This page is the central link for the Forest Service studies and reports.  Information regarding the NEPA review process is available at this site.

DFG Resources, Studies, and Reports:

DFG Golden Trout Homepage:

Pister 2008 Golden Trout report:
Restoration of the California golden trout in the South Fork Kern River, Kern Plateau, Tulare County, California, 1966-2004 (PDF)
This report provides an excellent history of the restoration efforts for the golden trout.

Weaver, J. and  Mehalick, S.  Golden Trout Wilderness summary report 2008. California Department of Fish and Game. Available from:  Fish and fish habitat survey results for Golden Trout Creek, Siberian Creek, Stokes Stringer, and Mulkey Creek.

Weaver, J. and Mehalick, S. South Fork Kern River summary report 2009.  California Department of Fish and Game.  Available from: Fish and fish habitat survey results for South Fork Kern River and tributaries in Monache and Strawberry Meadows.

Additional Research Reports and Websites

David B. Herbst, Michael T. Bogan, Sandra K. Roll and Hugh D. Safford.  default Effects of livestock exclusion on in-stream habitat and benthic invertebrate assemblages in mountain streams (773 KB) .  Freshwater Biology (2012) 57, 204–217.

Andrew Skaggs  default California Golden Trout Literature Review (1.09 MB) May 2013

Website for UC Davis Genomics Variations Lab.  Reports available at:

Website for publications by Roland Knapp:

Publications by Kathleen Matthews:

Roland A. Knapp, Vance T. Vredenburg, and Kathleen R. Matthews.   default Effects of Stream Channel Morphology on Golden Trout Spawning Habitat and Recruitment. (277 KB)   Ecological Applications (1998) 8(4): 1104-1117.

Roland A. Knapp and Kathleen R. Matthews.   default Livestock Grazing, Golden Trout, and Streams in the Golden Trout Wilderness, California: Impacts and Management Implications. (1.76 MB)   N. American Journal of Fisheries Management (1996) 16: 805-820.

Kathleen Matthews.   default Habitat Selection and Movement Patters of California Golden Trout in Degraded and Recovering Stream Sections in the Golden Trout Wilderness, California. (1.24 MB)   N. American Journal of Fisheries Management (1996) 16-579-590.

Kathleen R. Matthews.   default Diel Movement and Habitat Use of California Golden Trout in the Golden Trout Wilderness, California. (975 KB)   Transactions of the American Fisheries Society (1996) 125: 78-86.

Kathleen R. Matthews.   default California Golden Trout and Climate Change: Is Their Stream Habitat Vulnerable to Gobal Warming? (495 KB) Wild Trout X Symposium – Conserving Wild Trout (2010)

General References:

Conservation Assessment and Strategy for the California Golden Trout,  2004.  CA DFG, USFS, and USFWS.  Available at:

Calfornia Golden Trout Does Not Warrant Listing Under the Endangered Species Act  This is a brief summary of the federal decision.

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding for a Petition To List the California Golden Trout as Endangered  This is a link to federal listing decision in the Federal Register.

Other Useful links:  

Golden Trout Project website: