Predicting stream temperatures for native fish habitat management in White River National Forest, Colorado
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Stream temperature is a critical habitat parameter for many cold-water fish, particularly the salmonids family that includes trout. Colorado River cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii pleuriticus), a native fish in the Colorado River Basin, currently exists in fragmented, isolated populations as a result of degraded thermal habitat, competition with nonnative trout and other reasons. Managers of the White River National Forest in northwestern Colorado want to reintroduce this native trout to additional streams within its historic range to help protect the subspecies from extinction. To identify ...