Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Recovery
Volunteers needed for Summer 2015

Southwest Council of International Federation of Fly Fishers, Cal Trout, Trout Unlimited, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

In the summer of 2015, a consortium of the region’s fly fishing and conservation groups will come together to improve and extend the habitat of the endangered Lahontan cutthroat trout. The bulk of the improvements will come from removal of invasive brook trout. Please join us in this daunting yet rewarding undertaking, and in the process learn more about this coveted habitat and species.

The project will focus on two upper Walker tributaries in the Eastern Serries---Silver Creek and Slinkard Creek. A maximum of three volunteers will work on either creek at any one time. Volunteers will assist in electro-fishing to remove brook trout from both water systems.

Volunteers will work in conjunction with paid interns, who will work in blocks of eight days followed by six days off. Volunteers will begin work on the Thursday of each block and will typically contribute as possible through Sunday.

Slinkard Creek

Slinkard Creek is a tiny creek which holds great potential for the Lahontan cutthroat. It is heavily overgrown with willows and brush and thus presents major difficulties for access. Even highly experienced small-stream anglers find this riparian corridor impassible. As such, volunteers will be primarily tasked with brush clearance and path creation for the team of electro-shockers. Volunteer experience with hand and power tools will be particularly valuable.

More information will be available for participants shortly, including a contact number. Expect to arrive on a Thursday (or Friday, if necessary) and depart Sunday afternoon, though volunteers will be permitted to stay on throughout the week. The Slinkard Creek site is 50 minutes north of Bridgeport, CA, on highway 89, followed by a drive along a rough road for two to three miles. Access to the creek is generally less than a mile but over challenging terrain. Expect to camp near the work site, though each person is free to do otherwise.

If you wish to volunteer for the Slinkard Creek Project, pdf download (27 KB) this document and fill it out.  You will have to turn it in when you arrive.

Click the links below to volunteer for Slinkard Creek

June 25 through June 28

 July 9 through july 12

July 23 through July 26

August 6 through August 9

August 20 through August 23

September 3 through September 6

Silver Creek

Silver Creek is a mid-sized stream that meanders through a glade-like forest. Brush and access do not provide major hindrances. The goal at Silver Creek to both remove the brook trout and relocate resident Lahontans to sections of the creek that are free of brookies. Volunteers will participate in all roles except operating the electro-shocker. Volunteers who feel uneasy about killing the invasive brook trout may prefer to assist on Slinkard Creek, where volunteers will primarily assist in brush removal.

More information will be available for participants shortly, including a contact number. Expect to arrive on a Thursday (or Friday, if necessary) and depart Sunday afternoon, though volunteers will be permitted to stay on throughout the week. The Silver Creek site is located 23 minutes north of Bridgeport, CA, on highway 108, followed by a ride along dirt roads for two to three miles and a two-mile hike. Volunteers camp near the work site or trail head.

If you wish to volunteer for Silver Creek  pdf download (55 KB) this document and fill it out.  You will have to turn it in when you arrive.

Click the links below to volunteer for Silver Creek

July 9 through july 12

July 23 through July 26

August 6 through August 9

August 20 through August 23

September 3 through September 6