Trestle Creek

Trestle Creek, a tributary to Lake Pend Oreille, drains nearly 15,000 acres of the Cabinet Mountains in northern Idaho and supports the largest population of bull trout in the Pend Oreille system. Bull trout are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Stock with Wade Fredenberg/USFWS.

In 2000, Western Rivers Conservancy forever removed the risk streamside development along an extensive reach of Trestle Creek. The 20-acre parcel of land we purchased was slated for a rural subdivision, which could have had devastating consequences for bull trout.