Results and Accomplishments
The Tribe, FWS, State of Arizona, and USFS cooperate on various aspects of Apache trout recovery. Projects have restored habitat, established a rearing program in reservation fish hatcheries, and transplanted trout into streams and lakes on the Reservation and adjacent National Forest. To date, 21 Apache trout streams have been restored, non-native trout were removed from 14 streams, and eight new populations of Apache trout were established. The Apache trout was downlisted from endangered to threatened, which led to the establishment of an Apache trout sport fishery. The Apache trout may become the first fish species to be delisted under the Endangered Species Act.
The Tribe is proactive in Mexican wolf recovery, and the Reservation is home to two distinct wolf packs. The Tribe protects the Mexican spotted owl, managing Tribal forests on an ecosystem basis and implementing silvicultural practices designed to improve overall forest health. The Tribe’s hydrology and watershed programs carry out riparian and wetland restoration projects, often in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The range management program works with livestock associations and NRCS.