Native Trout Enthusiasts have hoped, against hope that by now a plan would be underway to at least protect and preserve the phenotypical Alvord cutthroat trout that can be found in ***** Creek.
Although there has been communication from ODFW personnel in the past, indicating that there is a desire to implement a plan to protect and to preserve these Alvord phenotypes; as of the time of this post there is not any evidence that any progress has been achieved. So . . . No news is not necessarily good news.
That said; it is essential to at least have some positive perspective and a core plan of hopeful activity that can, perhaps, become a feature of life and liberty, showing that we are not dependent upon government to do everything for us.
It is disappointing that after seven summers of physical evidence & notable communication regarding the fleeting remnant of phenotypical Alvord cutthroat trout in ***** Creek that renunciation of proposals, ideas and evidence seems to be the dominant result.
Why is it that the powers that be would not want to intervene where there is a remnant of trout that bear the genetic outward expression of a strain of trout that have been declared extinct in recent history? Is it easiest to reason and rationalize excuses to not have to act?
Is it that the powers that be don’t want to acknowledge the reality of the presence of these phenotypical Alvords — because it might indicate a vital necessity of responsibility or even show some form of culpability for the many varied strains of trout now planted here . . . ?
Is it that it’s just easier to leave a strain completely extinct, than to have to deal with it?
I, for one, hope not . . . Though these are sincere questions (and most of us have heard even far worse things said regarding the powers that be)—the reality is that we cannot rely on those “powers” to do for us what can, and should, be done for and by ourselves.
Some Chapters of Trout Unlimited have indicated that they believe it would be a positive, good thing to help facilitate the testing of the alvordensis specimens from the University of Michigan, Museum of Zoology.
In light of the fact that it looks like there is no other way that these specimens are going to be successfully analyzed and fully categorized (genome of the Alvord cutthroat cataloged) it seems that the only thing to do is resume the pursuit of any fund-raising mechanisms and resources that can, and will, bring these DNA repositories — waiting for 80 years — to finally testify as to “who” the Alvord cutthroat trout truly is!
It would seem, at this point, that there are a number of consideration that will need to be determined — perhaps brought to light — for this to succeed.
What I might suggest as considerations, a path, for this taxonomy objective is:
A) Vehicles for Revenue Generation will have to be ascertained and enacted
B) Proposals and Grant Requests will need to be completed and submitted
C) Permissions and Protocols will need to be attained, followed, for samples
D) Legal Procedures will need to be conformed to for publishable results
1) Scope of work to classify alvordensis genetics as pre-defined for a:
2) Bid process . . . presented to multiple prospective genetics labs once:
3) Funds are secured and allocated based on broad and complete:
4) Input from various genetics labs as to what projected costs would be.
There are, no doubt, dozens of considerations when one looks carefully into the essential requirements to successfully accomplish the establishment of a genetic baseline for a species of trout that was declared extinct decades ago.
The genetic baseline is, perhaps, essential; because it may enable the analysis of remaining phenotypical alvordensis from the ***** system for comparison with the only standard that can be finally relied upon for identification and verification of the phenotypes in the ***** system.
Though I still hope that the ‘powers that be’ will take the initiative to preserve the balance of phenotypical alvordensis in ***** Creek — because they bear the hallmarks of a robust and noble stain of trout that once inhabited this remote region of the American Basin and Range — I can’t see how we can ignore the aspect of over 100 samples from the past, waiting to reveal the deepest secrets of this ancient strain of trout that we all long to see “restored” to its rightful place in history . . .
What I am hoping for, and asking for in this post — is input from each of you; to allow collective thought processes to take place; that may enable us to yet make a vital difference regarding this most ill-fated of cutthroat trout species in the American west.
Perhaps, concerned citizens will actually make the difference — be the catalysts that will enable untold history to be unveiled and living legacies to be preserved — for future gener-ations to behold, and esteem; as Native Americans and our pioneer forefathers once did . . .
As the eighth year approaches, we would appreciate input from each of you — suggestions — thoughts — contributions — as to how can we? — as citizens; as concerned Native Trout Enthusiasts: take action — generate revenue — implement plans — yield progress — and achieve success — that the ‘powers that be’ have not been able to for seven summers???
Please — do share your input: your ideas, your thoughts, your reflection, your suggestions.
Perhaps, via a bit of a ‘brain trust,’ challenges may be met — and impediments obliterated.
© KOD February 2013