Major Factors Limiting Fisheries Restoration in the Upper Clark Fork River

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Fall 9-11-2019


Several criticisms have been raised related to the recovery of the restored upper Clark Fork River fishery following remediation and restoration activities. In their presentation Alex and Jay will demonstrate an ongoing study that investigates the broad scale habitat use of fish by characterizing specific micro –habitat conditions. The overarcing goal of the study is to determine trout habitat preferences in both restored and unrestored reaches of the upper Clark Fork mainstem.

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Alex Leone works on stream restoration in the Upper Clark Fork focusing on water planning efforts and conservation projects aimed at enhancing flows and restoring aquatic habitat. Alex has spent most of his life in Montana and attended both the University of Montana (B.S. in Forest Management) and Montana State University (M.S. in Earth Sciences).

Jay Sellmer is a BS student at Montana Tech and parallel he works on getting his Restoration Certificate. During the summer of 2019 he worked together with Alex on the fish habitat characterization study.