The Clackamas was the epitome of a wild, North American river—except the notable absence of one species, the bull trout.
Absent from Oregon’s most wild river for a half-century, bull trout are key apex predators responsible for maintaining the rich, freshwater ecosystem. In 2011, the US Fish and Wildlife Service began to transport wild bull trout back into the river to repopulate the keystone species in an attempt to make the Clackamas complete once again.
The population restoration project is the subject of our latest Short Film Showcase, “Clackamas Complete: A Return of Bull Trout.” Produced by the team at Freshwaters Illustrated, the film documents a true success story of North American river conservation.
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