The Mill Creek-Council Mountain Landscape Restoration Project

MCCM Field Trip

Mill Creek Council Mountain Landscape Restoration Project area on the Council Ranger District, Payette National Forest.

Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)  released on April 4, 2012.

Record of Decision (ROD) for the Mill Creek—Council Mountain Landscape Restoration Project  signed on April 6, 2012.

Both documents available here: Project Page

  • Culmination of a three year collaborative analysis by the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT)
  • Input received during tribal consultation, from other government agencies, and from members of the public, including the Payette Forest Coalition (PFC)
  • PFC, formed in June 2009, is a collaborative group convened by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
  • PFC members represent stakeholders from a broad range of outside interests, including the environmental community, timber industry, recreational groups, and State and County government.

 Purpose of the Project:

  • To restore forest stands toward the pre-European settlement historical range of conditions and improve habitat for wildlife species such as the white-headed woodpecker
  • To contribute to the economic vitality of the communities adjacent to the Payette National Forest
  • To reduce wildland fire hazard in forested stands for resource protection and reduce risk in the Wildland-Urban Interface
  • To improve recreational opportunities in the Project area

In 2014, funding made possible through CFLRP provided the project with the opportunity to realign a portion of road within the East Fork Weiser River to a location away from the floodplain.  This allowed for approximately 1.4 miles of road to be fully re-contoured to the natural slope profile, restoring 3.5 miles of stream habitat.  As early as summer 2015, restoration will include replacement of 12 fish barrier culverts as well as over 14 miles of road decommissioning in RCAs, restoring miles of bull trout and anadromous fish habitat.  

Additional information about the Payette Forest Coalition and their meeting notes are available at:

Contact Steve Penny(208-253-0164) for more information and hard copies or CDs of the documents or stop by the Council Ranger District. Documents are also available at the Supervisor's Office in McCall.