Bear Creek Watershed Assessment & NEPA
Recent testing has revealed that the fish in Bear Creek (approximately 750 adults) are the sole remaining genetically pure population of greenback cutthroat trout. The population is currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will evaluate these findings and conduct a status review to determine if the population should be listed as endangered.
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) took an efficient yet meaningful approach to a watershed assessment for the Bear Creek watershed / greenback cutthroat trout issue. The primary objectives for this assessment were to:
Synthesize existing resource and infrastructure information
Complete the Travel Analysis Process in compliance with 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 212, Forest Service Manual (FSM) 7710, and Forest Service Handbook (FSH) 7709.55
Develop a proposed action for future National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis
We have completed the watershed assessment and are now moving many of the recommended actions forward into a NEPA process.
Comments must be received no later than March 27, 2014. Only those individuals who provide timely and specific written comments will have eligibility to file an objection (36 CFR 218.5) under 36 CFR 218.8. For objection eligibility, each individual or representative from each entity submitting timely and specific comments must either sign the comment or verify identity upon request. Issues raised in an objection must be based upon previously submitted timely, specific written comments regarding the proposed action unless based on new information arising after the designated comment opportunities. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record on this proposed action and will be available for public inspection. Click here to provide comments.
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