The Kootenai River white sturgeon, a unique species that has been separated from other Columbia River sturgeon since the last glacial ice age, was listed as an Endangered Species in 1994.
The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, working with other state and federal agencies as well as the Bonneville Power Administration, has been at the center of the efforts to recover this species.
This program includes conservation aquaculture, as well as restoration of the Kootenai River ecosystem.
The Kootenai Tribe envisions a healthy ecosystem with clean, connected terrestrial and aquatic habits, which fully support traditional Tribal uses and other important societal uses.
Conservation efforts do not end with the sturgeon. The Tribe believes that all resources are joined in the web of life, and that preservation of the Tribe depends on protecting these resources.
Because the entire ecosystem has been altered for decades, much has been lost. But the Tribe looks to the future with the hope that native fish and wildlife may once again inhabit the Kootenai drainage in abundance.
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