Our role is not to decide what restoration takes place in Gold Creek Valley. Our role, as a community-based conservation organization is to bring in the right experts (engineers, biologists, hydrologists, geomorphologists, etc.) to identify what the problems are and map out potential solutions. The US Forest Service will use the data we collected, other existing science, and public input to make an informed decision that takes into account many perspectives.
Through the NEPA process, the public will be able to weigh in on the various alternatives. Once the Forest Service makes a decision, we will work with them to implement the selected alternative. Our small, two-person team is not in the position to make these decisions but is committed to working with our partners to continue protecting and restoring habitat in the Upper Yakima River Basin.