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Meeting to Discuss Forest Service Proposal for Chewuch River Restoration

May 09, 2012

Methow Valley Ranger District and the Yakama Nation are hosting a meeting to discuss proposed restoration work for a portion of the Chewuch River. People interested in learning more about the proposal are encouraged to participate in the meeting on Wednesday May 16th at 6:00 pm in the conference room at TwispWorks.

The proposed restoration projects include various activities along portions of the Chewuch River between river mile 11.75 and river mile 13. The proposed work includes placing logs along channel edges as large wood habitat, placing large wood jams into the riverbank, excavating a historic backwater channel and planting native vegetation.

The Chewuch River's habitat has been degraded over the years by human activities such as timber sales and road construction. Partnering with the Yakama Nation will enable the Forest Service to fund needed restoration work.

The proposed action to be discussed at the meeting on May 16 balances the need to complete important aquatic habitat improvement for threatened and endangered fish species, while minimizing impacts to other resources.

For more information about the project, or the meeting, please contact Victoria Wilkins, Environmental Coordinator for the Methow Valley Ranger District at 509-996-4063.

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