Restore McComas Meadows /Meadow Creek Watershed Project # 9607705 Restore McComas Meadows/ Meadow Creek Watershed Project # 9607705 Nez Perce Tribe Fisheries.

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Restore McComas Meadows /Meadow Creek Watershed Project # 9607705 Restore McComas Meadows/ Meadow Creek Watershed Project # 9607705 Nez Perce Tribe Fisheries Watershed Program Slide 2 Meadow Creek is located in north central Idaho within the South Fork Clearwater River on the Nez Perce National Forest. Slide 3 Species at Risk Steelhead trout ESA threatened Bull trout ESA threatened Chinook salmon Fall ( ESA threatened) spring/summer (sensitive/species of concern) Westslope cutthroat trout Sensitive/species of concern Pacific lamprey State endangered species Slide 4 Limiting Factors Temperature (exceeds 20 o C)Temperature (exceeds 20 o C) In-stream and riparian coverIn-stream and riparian cover Sediment (embeddedness 23-56%)Sediment (embeddedness 23-56%) Passage (40 culverts)Passage (40 culverts) Habitat degradation (roads/logging)Habitat degradation (roads/logging) Watershed disturbances (habitat loss)Watershed disturbances (habitat loss) Slide 5 Aquatic & Terrestrial M&E program Road inventory& closure Fisheries/Aquatic Needs Temperature monitoring Reduce temperature, sediment, & embeddedness Riparian Communities Create riparian habitat Noxious Weeds Restore infested communities Habitat/Passage Restore riparian & in- stream habitat structure Create riparian areas & establish connectivity Restore normal hydrograph Remove passage barriers Culvert inventory & evaluation Fragmentation Reduce road densities Clearwater Sub-basin Needs Slide 6 Objectives Coordinate with agencies on pre-work, planning and logistics Restore hydrologic connectivity Restore fish passage Restore meadow and riparian plant community Reduce sediment, improve water quality, and stream habitat Reduce sediment from Fisher Placer Mine Site Alleviate sediment from road sources Maintain fence integrity Monitoring and evaluation Slide 7 Past Accomplishments Cooperative project with NPNF Fence construction to exclude cattle grazing within McComas meadows reach Drainage and erosion inventory Participation/completion of EAWS and stewardship group recommendations for projects Re-vegetation of riparian zone over 8,000 trees planted Tributary re-location (Swede Creek) Monitoring and evaluation Slide 8 Slide 9 Temperature Slide 10 Willow Pole Plantings Slide 11 Irrigation Ditch surrounding McComas Meadows Erosion due to drainage of streams and culverts Slide 12 ROADS Roads shown in red (90 miles) are proposed for decommissioning under the Meadow Face DRAFT EIS. 103 miles of road are to be maintained. 14 miles of road will be reconstructed 10 miles of road will be converted to trail Slide 13 Fish Barrier Culvert Slide 14 Fisher Placer Mine Site Slide 15 Monitoring & Evaluation Umbrella Monitoring Plan (proposed project #28045) Trends in Watershed Condition Restoration Effectiveness Monitoring Plan Project specific Road Obliteration Monitoring Slide 16 Questions???

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