The Forest Service will conduct a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis to determine what action(s) need to be taken for the pond and the creek. The public can provide written comment and input through the NEPA process, which the Forest Service will respond to before reaching a decision. Through the NEPA analysis they will determine the actions that best meet the “purpose and need” of the project, which is to restore bull trout habitat, while limiting negative impacts to the community and other wildlife.
As with all large restoration projects, there will be some short-term impacts. Heavy machinery will be used, which creates noise and localized impacts on the land. There will be some level of disturbance from any heavy machinery operation. We will reduce impacts by specifying where machines can go and minimizing their area of work. In addition, there will be noise generated while restoration work is in progress. Recreation will be also likely be impacted on a short-term basis. We will work with the Forest Service and our partners to limit this to the greatest extent possible.
An amazing place! This project will result in great outcomes for fish, wildlife, plants and people. Enhanced trails will remain ADA accessible and family friendly. One of the many benefits of restoration work is the potential to improve and hopefully increase wetlands. Wetlands play hugely important ecosystem functions and are listed as, “among the most productive ecosystems in the world.” We see first-hand the benefits of wetlands right here in Washington. We hope the ultimate outcomes will be: improved wetlands and stream habitat, greater diversity of wildlife, and an enhanced native plant community. As a result, there will be more opportunities for bird watching, mushroom hunting, and wildlife viewing than there is now!