Forest Service Road #662 to temporarily close on the Priest Lake Ranger District

Priest Lake, Idaho (August 7, 2018) – For public safety and resource protection, the Priest Lake Ranger District has temporarily closed the gate on Forest Service Road #662 into the Hughes Meadow area in order to implement the Hughes Meadow Restoration Project. 

The contractor will be operating and storing heavy equipment and vehicles at the site as they complete work to reroute the Hughes Fork. The Hughes Fork is a tributary to the Upper Priest River. The closure began August 6, 2018 and will continue through early September 2018 or earlier if the project’s construction phase is completed ahead of schedule.

The Hughes Meadow Restoration Project is a restoration effort to improve the meadow ecology by rerouting Hughes Fork back into its original meandering channel through the meadow and allow for a more natural hydrological regime. During World War II, the stream was diverted into a man-made ditch to allow for an airstrip in Hughes Meadow. This ditch lacks the habitat structure and diversity necessary to support the spawning and rearing requirements of bull trout. Additionally, water temperatures in the meadow exceed the thermal tolerance of bull trout during warm and dry summer months creating a thermal barrier to bull trout migration. 

For additional information on this closure the Hughes Meadow Restoration Project, please contact the Priest Lake Ranger District at 208-443-2512.