1958 Sep 29 Arlee graylng in pristine "living museum" stream
Penn the reversed of December among acceptable FLATHEAD OUTDOORS Because of its timeliness and in- erest.'the following article by Vern Campbell, foreman oÂ£ the State Fisheries Station at Arlee, which appeared in the August issue of "Montana Wildlife," is being reprinted reprinted here with permission: "With just a little imagination one can" almost hear the cries of Indians Indians and pounding hooves, of buffalo buffalo as he gazes out over the green prairie north of Browning. Here is a land unplowed and almost free of fences. It must have looked much like this before utilitarian white man traveled west. "So very few material tilings remain remain unchanged. Most unchanged things are so only because they wve been cared for in museums'or iy antique collectors. Though for- :unes are tied up in such collections, :heir true worth lies beyond a dollar dollar value. "We Montaharis are fortunate in stall having streams as well as lands that are almost living mu- ;eums in that they still contain only nath'e fishes and are changed little physically. In these streams are found cutthroat, whitefish, suckers, and in some, grayling. This combi- nation existed here with the Indians. Indians. It is a carefully worked continuation of nature. We would like to preserve these few streams as they are instead of converting them to rainbow or brown trout Waters. There are,some important reasons for wanting it this way. "First, 47 other states have able rainbow trout, while only a few western states have a" smattering smattering of native black-spotted cutthroat. cutthroat. This will become au increasingly increasingly important attraction. Secondly, Secondly, these native fish are accustomed accustomed to living in colder, less fertile waters where most other game fishes do poorly. "The next reason is more far reaching and perhaps more important important in the long rim. That is the perpetuation of nearly virgin segments of nature for study. The lessons taught man and the benefits gained from learning nature's secrets are almost beyond number. We are certain to gain more with further studies. "These things, if lost, very probably, probably, can never be restored. With your help they may be held the way they are."