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AZ Works Together to Save Wildlife

March 9, 2009

Phoenix, AZ – Cooperation on wildlife conservation among federal and state agencies shows promise of results in Arizona, where a re-introduction project for the endangered Gila trout will soon become a reality. That's thanks to extensive voluntary cooperation among the Bureaus of Land Management and Reclamation, Coconino National Forest, and Arizona Game and Fish.

Gary Stinson, conservation chair of the Arizona Flycasters Club, would like to see such collaboration mandated by federal law.

"There have been times in our history when we have used a very scientific approach to make assessments about the condition of wildlife, what we need to do, how to manage it, and that has really been done as a matter of rule-making and choice."

Stinson supports the proposed "America's Wildlife Heritage Act," now before Congress, which would prevent political considerations from interfering with a science-based approach to wildlife management.

The restoration project on the West Fork of Oak Creek, near Sedona in central Arizona, involves removing non-native fish and building strategically-placed fish barriers where the Gila trout and other species can be reintroduced.

Stinson says it's taken eight years for the trout restoration project to reach fruition. He credits a private group, the Federation of Fly Fishers, and people in the various government agencies involved who, he says, had the right heart and the right spirit.

"All of those agencies have had their budgeting issues to pull this off, their time constraints to pull this off, directives of what their priorities are, and to deal around that has taken a lot of personal effort and dedication."

Stinson says the cooperation among agencies was specific to this project and might not happen in other states or even in other parts of Arizona, which is why he'd like to see Congress make such cooperation mandatory.

Doug Ramsey, Public News Service - AZ