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North Cascades, a vast wilderness area about the size of Rhode Island with jagged high peaks and more than 300 glaciers, is the only U.S. national park where stocking nonnative fish still occurs for recreation purposes, Park Superintendent Chip Jenkins said. Yellowstone, Mount Rainier, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon parks no longer do it, Zipp said. Park officials have tried for decades - without much success - to phase it out and bring the North Cascades in line with national park policy.
After a long review, including a 12-year scientific study, the National Park Service decided in January to end fish stocking if it doesn't get Congressional approval by July 1. It would remove fish from some lakes, using gill nets or a pesticide that has been used in other parks.