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Forest Service Accepting Public Comment on Habitat Improvement Proposal in Lolo Creek Drainage

United States Forest Service

KAMIAH —The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ Lochsa-Powell District Ranger invites the public to review and provide comment on a proposed habitat improvement project on National Forest System lands northeast of Kamiah. Public comments on the project proposal are being accepted from April 8 until April 22, 2022.

The proposed Knock-on-Wood Habitat Improvement Project is located approximately 15 miles northeast of Kamiah within the Lolo Creek drainage. The Forest Service and the Nez Perce Tribe worked together to develop the project, which proposes increasing woody material in area streams to improve fish habitat.

Adding natural woody material and wooden habitat improvement structures to these waterways are designed to improve spawning and rearing conditions for fish reproducing in the streams, while also creating hiding cover and areas of low-velocity streamflow for the fish to live in.

The project is also designed to increase the stability and complexity of stream channels and improve the function of the floodplain in the project area. The proposed project would focus on streams that provide federally designated critical habitat for Snake River Basin steelhead, essential fish habitat for Chinook salmon, and/or have documented threatened and endangered species present or historically present.

Project information, including details about how to submit a comment for consideration, will be uploaded to the project webpage (https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61711). If you have questions about the project, please contact Gage McKeag (Gage.McKeag@usda.gov) or Sara Daugherty (Sara.Daugherty@usda.gov).