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Experts Convene on Pallid Sturgeon Recovery Plan
Midwest Region, July 28, 2007
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The largest group ever convened on pallid sturgeon recovery gathered in July in St. Louis, Missouri. The meeting was facilitated by the renowned Ruckelshaus Institute associated with the University of Wyoming that specializes in reaching consensus in environmental issues.

The meeting was by invitation and included experts from Louisiana to Montana. Wyatt Doyle and Tracy Hill were invited as representatives of the lower Missouri River and Hill served on the Steering Committee that spent many months planning the meeting with the help of the Corps of Engineers.

Additional partners included state biologists, civil engineers, university researchers, private stakeholders, and numerous federal agency biologists. The meeting facilitated discussion relative to the needs of the pallid throughout their diverse geographic range within the longest (Missouri) and largest (Mississippi) rivers in the Nation.

The institute will provide a synopsis of the meeting that will be used as a guiding document for future funding needs to recover the fish. The ability this diverse group to come together in a collaborative partnership with a comprehensive plan is a testament to the professionalism and teamwork accomplished through nearly two decades of recovery efforts.

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov
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