Bear Creek Watershed Restoration Project

A greenback Cutthroat Trout swimming in Bear Creek

A Greenback Cutthroat Trout in Bear Creek in the fall of 2014. Photo credit: Josh Nehring, Senior Aquatic Biologist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife


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.

Bear Creek Watershed Restoration Environmental Assessment Documents

The alternative selected from the Environmental Assessment is disclosed in the Draft Decision document below. The full project analysis is found in the Environmental Assessment.

Bear Creek Watershed Restoration Draft Decision and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Bear Creek Watershed Restoration Environmental Assessemnt 

Objection Period

Objections to the decision will only be accepted from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project during scoping or other designated opportunity for public comment in accordance with §218.5(a). Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted specific written comments, unless the issue is based on new information that arose after the designated opportunities to comment §218.8(c).

Objections, including attachments, must be filed via mail, express delivery, or messenger service to: Erin Connelly, USDA Forest Service, Pike and San Isabel National Forest, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands Supervisors Office, 2840 Kachina Drive, Pueblo, CO 81008; E-mailed to:; Submitted Online at:, Faxed to: 719-553-1440 or hand-delivered (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays) at 2840 Kachina Drive, Pueblo, CO 81008.

Objections must be submitted on or before September 4th, 2015. The regulations prohibit extending the time to file an objection.

The objection must contain the minimum content requirements specified in §218.8(d) and incorporation of documents by reference is permitted only as provided in §218.8(b). It is the objector’s responsibility to ensure timely filing of a written objection with the reviewing officer pursuant to §218.9. All objections are available for public inspection during and after the objection process.

If no objections are filed, the decision notice may be signed 5 business days after the close of the objection period. If objections are filed, the resolution process will begin immediately after the objection period and will continue for 45 days. The decision notice may be signed after the resolution process is complete and the Reviewing Officer’s response is received. Implementation may begin immediately after the Decision Notice is signed

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