BRIDGE PROJECT PLANNED FOR PANTHER CREEK ROAD

Contact(s): Amy Baumer


Beginning July 9, the Salmon-Challis National Forest will begin working on a bridge installation project on the Panther Creek Road (Forest Road #60055) in the vicinity of the Moyer Administrative Site.  The bridge will be installed at the Musgrove Creek crossing.  Work will consist of removing the existing culvert, constructing a new streambed, and installing a bridge.  This work will require a temporary road closure on Panther Creek beginning July 13 with an anticipated re-opening the afternoon of July 17.

If your travels bring you to this area of the Salmon-Challis National Forest in mid-July, please be prepared for the following:

  • Temporary road closure on the Panther Creek Road (FSR #60055) July 13-17, 2020.  No thru traffic will be possible during this time.
  • Access to the Bighorn Crags/Yellowjacket Lake area during the temporary road closure will only be possible from Morgan Creek.  It will not be possible from the Williams Creek or Salmon River Road access points during the temporary road closure.
  • Short delays could be possible July 9 and 10, and the week of July 20th.

The Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes considers Panther Creek and its tributaries a high priority area for restoration, anadromous fish recovery, and preserving tribal culture.  At the same time, the Forest seeks to balance restoration with public demands for recreation, grazing, and mining activities.  The Forest, in collaboration with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, has developed a watershed scale plan that identifies potential opportunities that will improve degraded habitat.  Actions identified in the conceptual restoration plan are expected to improve instream and riparian habitat conditions, restore fish passage, and reconnect the floodplain to the creek, where possible.

The Panther Creek Fish Passage Improvement Project is a small piece of the multi-phased and multi-faceted watershed plan.  The Salmon-Challis National Forest completed the environmental compliance work (NEPA) in 2017, a Decision Memo was signed in May 2018 authorizing the replacement of six (6) priority stream crossings in the Panther Creek watershed.  The Forest further prioritized the six crossings and identified Musgrove Creek as the first priority for implementation.  The project has been made possible by funds received from the US Fish and Wildlife Service with additional in-kind support from Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and National Marine Fisheries Service.

For questions about the Musgrove Creek project, call Kelly Schade at 208.756.5229 or email: kelly.schade@usda.gov.

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