North Cascades National Park Officials Over a Barrel With Stocking Trout
Now, the dilemma at North Cascades probably doesn't match up, on its face, to the one Yellowstone faces with snowmobile access or Cape Hatteras National Seashore does with off-road-vehicle restrictions imposed due to nesting piping plovers and sea turtles.
But ask any Northwest angler what they think of the prospect of finding barren lakes in North Cascades and they start talking conspiracy theories. While the park's preferred alternative in its long-range "Mountain Lakes Fisheries Management Plan" calls for continued stocking of trout in as many as 42 lakes, Superintendent Chip Jenkins says only Congress, not the Park Service, has the authority to permit that stocking.
That type of talk doesn't set well with some anglers.
"All the fish in these lakes were put there by man, and that is anathema to many in the Park Service," Sandy McKean of Seattle told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Greg Johnston. "I think the Park Service is clearly moving the responsibility for this from themselves to Congress. We don't see a need for congressional approval. But we are more than willing to work to accomplish that."
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