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The natural resource agencies involved in conservation of the threatened Bull Trout have a shared goal of recovering the species. However, this goal faces several challenges, including limited funding, a broad geographic range, and coordination between agencies responsible for management.

To support Bull Trout recovery, researchers from state and federal agencies, with input from scientists and decision makers from across Oregon, developed a decision support tool for prioritizing habitat areas for investments. The goal was to identify where funding and effort would result in the most improvement in species recovery.  In general, areas with moderate conservation risk where there is potential that Bull Trout could recover are prioritized higher for investment. This decision support tool is available as a publicly accessible web-based application. This effort is an example of engaging stakeholders with different roles in species recovery and across a large geographic area to create a clearer path forward in allocating limited resources for species recovery.

Brignon, W.R., Davis, M.B., Gunckel, S.L., Dunham, J.B., Meeuwig, M.H., Allen, C.S., and Clements, S., 2022, Engaging stakeholders to produce a model of conservation risk and management capacity for prioritizing investments in recovery of threatened Bull Trout: North American Journal of Fisheries Management, Early Online. https://doi.org/10.1002/nafm.10834