East Fork Boulder Creek Native Trout Restoration Project
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) has proposed to implement a chemical treatment of East Fork Boulder Creek with the fish toxicant rotenone for one treatment per year for three consecutive years. The treatment would occur on National Forest System (NFS) land within the Dixie National Forest (Forest). Treatment activities may also include use of motorized vehicles off of designated roads, trails, or areas on the Forest. The use of any pesticide on NFS land requires U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) authorization, as does the use of motorized vehicles off of designated roads, trails, or areas on the Forest. Forest approval would be through issuance of a pesticide use permit to the UDWR for the use of rotenone on NFS lands and written authorization to use motorized vehicles where such use is required off of the designated system for the treatment.
UDWR is the project proponent and has requested the pesticide use permit from the Forest Service in order to move forward with the UDWR’s Colorado River cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki pleuriticus, CRCT) restoration program for the Boulder Creek drainage. The purpose of the project proposed by UDWR is to restore CRCT to their historic range within East Fork Boulder Creek and West Fork Boulder Creek.
The Forest Service has prepared this Environmental Assessment in compliance with the NEPA and other relevant Federal and State laws and regulations. This Environmental Assessment discloses the direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts that would result from the East Fork Native Trout Restoration Project, proposed by the UDWR.
Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact
Concurrence from U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Dixie National Forest
ATTN: E. Fork Boulder Cr. Trout Restoration Project Team Leader
1789 N. Wedgewood Lane
Cedar City, UT 84721