- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) - State and federal wildlife managers want to know what the public thinks about a proposal for restoring native Gila trout and other native fish to Whitewater Creek and its tributaries.

The Gila National Forest says the public will have through March 25 to comment on the plan.

Officials say the goal is to restore the Gila trout to about 24 miles of steam in hopes of establishing a fishable population.

The majority of the project would be within the Gila Wilderness.

Under the plan, Gila trout and other native fish would be stocked after nonnative fish are removed.

The proposal also calls for trail maintenance and reconstruction activities to restore public access to Whitewater Creek. Officials say post-fire erosion damaged all of the trails that provide access to the creek.

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