The Fremont-Winema National Forest Temporarily Closes Road to Complete the North Fork Ditch Diversion Project

Contact(s): Erica Hupp 541-883-6715; Lisa Swinney 541-947-6261

Lakeview, Oregon – The Fremont-Winema National Forest announced that starting June 30 through September 30, Forest Service Road 3411620 will be closed to all public access during the construction phase of the North Fork Ditch Diversion Project. Barriers andsigns willbeplaced atitsjunction withForest Service Road3411.

Forest Service Road 3411620, which runs along portions of the North Fork Sprague River, is approximately 10 miles northeast of Bly, Oregon, on the Bly Ranger District. The road closure is to provide for public safety to hazards associated with heavy construction activity. 

The Forest is upgrading a water diversion structure on the North Fork Sprague River that is the point source for the North Fork Ditch. The existing structure consists of a low diversion dam and a headgate. It diverts unscreened water to a ditch that delivers water to multiple irrigation users. The aging structure is being replaced with a state-approved fish screen to protect native fish from migrating down the diversion ditch and into irrigated lands with no chance of survival.

The project will further the conservation recovery efforts for bull trout and redband trout in the North Fork Sprague River watershed. Implementation of this project will also provide long-term benefits of improved habitat conditions for native fish species.

The North Fork Ditch Diversion Project is in partnership with Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust (KBRT), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). This project is funded in part by Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB).

For questions regarding this project, please contact Kimberly Conley, Fisheries Biologist, at 541-947-6330.