Gold Creek Valley Restoration

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This project is cooperatively proposed by the Forest Service, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Yakama Nation. Gold Creek is not a properly functioning stream which compromises its channel, floodplain, and water quality and affects how both aquatic and terrestrial habitats connect. The proposed work would help recover Gold Creek’s federally threatened bull trout population by correcting conditions that cause significant mortality, prevent adult fish from accessing upstream spawning areas, and degrade habitat.

These same improvements would also benefit Chinook salmon, sockeye salmon, and Mid-Columbia steelhead during future recovery efforts. Existing recreation opportunities would be modified to accommodate restoration; similar day-use opportunities would be provided in this valued area.

The preliminary environmental analysis is expected in the summer of 2022. Final analysis and a draft decision is expected early 2023.

Access the documents linked below for full project information including maps, project details, and instructions for subscribing to updates or providing comments. You can also learn more about the project through our Interactive Story Map or this partnership produced video: Gold Creek Pond Restoration.

We use a web-based system called CARA (Comment Analysis and Response Application) for submitting comments. You can access CARA by clicking on the “Comment/Object on Project” link at the right side of this page. Additional information is provided in the “Guide to Commenting” document available below.

Please check back for updates on opportunities for public meetings. We are evaluating our ability to provide online events and information given the evolving situation with COVID-19 and social distancing measures.

Location Summary

Gold Creek drainage near Alpine Lakes Wilderness to Lake Keechelus

District: Cle Elum Ranger District

Project Documents

Please click on the tabs below to navigate to additional documents.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57415
https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57415