Bull Trout Action Plan

The Bull Trout Action Plan is not in itself an official “recovery plan”. It is a locally-written document that complements the USFWS Bull Trout Recovery Plan by providing detailed population information and proposing specific actions and next steps that will benefit bull trout in the Yakima basin.

 2012 Yakima Bull Trout Action Plan (BTAP)

The BTAP was originally written in 2011-12 by biologists from Yakima Basin Fish & Wildlife Recovery Board, WDFW and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with ongoing review from the Yakima Bull Trout Working Group and public review from June 1- July 2, 2012. The final 2012 version is available via the link at left. The cited references from the 2012 Action Plan are accessible via our BTAP Digital Library. Thank you to all contributors! 

2016-2017 Updates to the Yakima Bull Trout Recovery Plan

Since 2012, interest in bull trout recovery in the Yakima Basin has increased. The Yakima Basin Integrated Plan is focusing new attention and resources on bull trout issues in the basin, and the USFWS Endangered Species Act required Bull Trout Recovery Plan was finalized in 2015. In 2016, the Yakima Bull Trout Working Group (BTWG) began updating the actions identified in the BTAP to ensure that they are complete, up-to-date and linked to the 2015 USFWS Bull Trout Recovery Plan. The BTWG is reviewing a group of populations approximately every two months; once the actions for all 12 populations have been updated, they will be compiled into an updated version of the full Yakima Bull Trout Action Plan (anticipated release in winter 2017-2018). Interim products are available here:

Overview of Update Process

Updates for the Ahtanum Population (approved by the BTWG in June 2016)

Updates for the Gold Creek Population (approved by the BTWG in Sept. 2016)

Updates for the Box Canyon Population (approved by the BTWG in Dec. 2016)

Updates for the Upper Kachess River Population (approved by the BTWG in Dec. 2016)

Updates for the Cle Elum, Teanway & Upper Yakima Populations (approved by the BTWG in Feb. 2017)

Updates for the Indian, NF Tieton & SF Tieton Populations (approved by the BTWG in April 2017)

Updates for the American, Crow, Deep & Rattlesnake Populations, and Naches FMO (approved by the BTWG in Aug. 2017)

Updates for the Basin-wide Actions (approved by the BTWG in Aug. 2017)