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This restoration project on Silver Creek focuses on restoring and protecting two miles of stream for re-establishment of a viable Lahontan Cutthroat (LCT) population. Silver Creek is a tributary to the West Walker River between Bridgeport, California and Lake Tahoe in the Eastern Sierra. This region supports a strain of cutthroat trout native to that area- the Lahontan cutthroat trout (LCT). Due to pressures on native populations, the LCT occupies only 8.6% of their historical stream habitat, and Silver Creek supports one of six viable stream populations in the Walker River Basin. Silver Creek was closed to recreational fishing in 1995 to support LCT recovery. But, subsequent illegal stocking of non-native brook trout has impeded federal and state agency efforts to restore the LCT to their native range and re-open Silver Creek to recreational fishing. This project will eradicate non-native brook trout from this stretch of Silver Creek and install a temporary barrier to block migration of brook trout into the two-mile stretch being prepared for LCT re-introduction. As always, it takes a village….and this is no exception. This project is a collaborative partnership among Trout Unlimited, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sierra Pacific Flyfishers, Deep Creek Flyfishers, Golden State Flycasters, Southwest Council International Federation of Fly Fishers, CalTrout and other conservation groups and local community volunteers.