Fish passage work for bull trout closes a segment of Clear Creek road

Release Date: Sep 5, 2017   Boise, Idaho

Contact(s): Venetia Gempler (208) 373-4105

The Boise National Forest, Lowman Ranger District has closed National Forest System (NFS) road 582 (Clear Creek road) for six weeks from Sept. 5 through Oct. 13, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. The closure begins just above the junction with the NFS road 545 (Long Creek) and extends below the junction of NFS road 515.

The road is being closed to all motorized access to provide for public safety during the construction and facilitation of large concrete culvert replacement structures on Pole Creek and Big Spruce Creek.

Both Pole and Big Spruce Creeks flow into Clear Creek, which is designated as critical habitat for bull trout. The structures are called aquatic organism passages or AOPs. These AOPs installations are part the 2016 Pioneer Fire’s Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) efforts.

The AOPs are being installed to provide better access to bull trout spawning and rearing habitat and for fish to take refuge in associated tributaries either from swift water or high sediment loads in Clear Creek. Bull trout are threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and require specific actions.