According to reporting from The Colorado Sun over the weekend, the Hermosa Creek restoration project, a 35-year undertaking, is now complete. The project aimed to restore the Colorado River cutthroat trout to the upper reaches of Hermosa Creek in southwestern Colorado, a full 23 miles of cutthroat habitat. The long-running project was a collaborative effort between Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service, and Trout Unlimited. According to Jim White, an aquatic biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, there are now about 400 to 600 fish per mile, a population he calls healthy. Strict catch-and-release rules for anglers will remain in place to protect the fish.
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