Endangered Species Day

Congratulations to the 2019 Recovery Champions


Members of the Paiute Cutthroat Trout Team. Credit: USFWS

By Pam Bierce
May 15, 2020

As people around the country celebrate Endangered Species Day, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is recognizing today the contributions and achievements of our Recovery Champions. Every year, the Service recognizes and honors staff and partners whose work is advancing the recovery of endangered and threatened species of plants and animals in the United States.

Congratulations to the Pacific Southwest Region’s 2019 Recovery Champions!


(Left to right) Dr. Naomi Fraga, Ken Kietzer, and Jonathan Snapp-Cook. Photo courtesy of Michael Wall/Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Hidden Lake Bluecurl Team
Dr. Naomi Fraga
, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Ken Kietzer, California State Parks
Jonathan Snapp-Cook, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Over the past two decades, Dr. Naomi Fraga, Ken Kietzer, and Jonathan Snapp-Cook have worked to move the needle for the Hidden Lake bluecurl toward recovery. This dedicated team has implemented various conservation efforts vital to the successful recovery of the species, while annual population census' and habitat monitoring efforts produced necessary data for estimating species population size.

Paiute Cutthroat Trout Recovery Team
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Reno Fish and Wildlife Office/Chad Mellison
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Trout Unlimited
JC High Country Outfitters

The tireless efforts of the Paiute Cutthroat Trout Recovery Team have been instrumental in reintroducing the rarest trout in North America back into its historical native habitat after an almost 100-year absence—a significant recovery milestone for the species.


About the writer: Pam Bierce handles media relations in the Pacific Southwest Region's external affairs office, located in Sacramento, California.