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Jason Rhoten

Fisheries biologist Jason Rhoten will speak to the Magic City Fly Fishers on Tuesday, March 5.

Yellowstone cutthroat trout preservation will be the topic of discussion at the Tuesday, March 5, Magic City Fly Fishers meeting.

The featured presenters will be Jason Rhoten, fisheries biologist for Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks' Region 5, and Brian Ertel, fisheries restoration biologist for Yellowstone National Park.

The social hour starts at 6 p.m. and the presentation is at 7:30 p.m. at the Billings Rod and Gun Club. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The two biologists will give an update, including background for their research, on conservation issues in the Lamar River drainage and its implications to the Buffalo Fork of Slough Creek.

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The Lamar River valley is among the most popular wild trout fishing destinations in the country, as well as critical habitat to the preservation and restoration of wild Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Two critical Lamar tributaries, Slough Creek and Buffalo Fork, originate in Montana. Yellowstone National Park and FWP have collaborated for several years on preserving Yellowstone cutthroat throughout the Yellowstone ecosystem.

After the meeting, participants will learn how important collaboration and cooperation is between these leading organizations in the fight for native Yellowstone cutthroat.

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