Serious talk about fish in Lake Roosevelt and other waters in the Inland Northwest is scheduled in Colville on Monday.
“Our Inland Fish,” a town meeting, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Colville High School Auditorium.
Bern Shanks, Washington fish and Wildlife Department director and other policy-makers are scheduled to make presentations and answer questions. Scientists specializing in species such as bull trout and kokanee will also be at the forum.
“Fisheries are important to us, and they are key indicators of the health of an ecosystem,” said Tim Coleman of the Kettle Range Conservation Group. “That’s why we worked with local businesses to bring in the people who are doing the science and those that eventually have to translate the science and politics into policy.”
Science panelists include Tom Shuda, Colville National Forest fisheries biologist, Cris Frissel, University of Montana fisheries biologist, and Keith Underwood of the Spokane Tribe’s Lake Roosevelt monitoring program.
Joining Shanks on the policy panel are Bob Halleck, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deputy field supervisor, and David James, president of Trout Unlimited’s Spokane Chapter.
“This interactive forum will provide the public an opportunity to learn more about inland fish species, their habitat needs, recent scientific findings, different perspectives on management of fisheries and policies to protect fish and their habitat,” said Anne Martin, who is helping organize the event with the KRCG.