Restoration & Rehabilitation
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) and the Gallatin National Forest (GNF) are jointly requesting public input on a proposed project to restore native westslope cutthroat trout (WCT) to the headwaters of the South Fork Sixteenmile Creek drainage. Fisheries management actions related to WCT restoration in South Fork Sixteenmile Creek are proposed in the FWP draft environmental assessment. Ground disturbing activities (installation of a permanent fish passage barrier) on forest system lands are proposed in the Forest Service Draft Decision Memo. Public comments regarding fisheries management and/or ground disturbance due to the proposed fish barrier installation will be accepted from February 7, 2014 through March 7, 2014. This project, if implemented, will restore westslope cutthroat trout to approximately six stream miles within five interconnected tributaries in the headwaters of the South Fork Sixteenmile Creek drainage. Project tasks include: • Install a permanent fish passage barrier on GNF at the downstream extent of the project area (GNF). • Restoration of a non-hybridized westslope cutthroat trout population in the Sixteenmile Creek drainage within the GNF boundary by removing non-native trout with rotenone upstream of the fish barrier (FWP). • Replicate the genetics of nearby populations of WCT within the upper Missouri River drainage by reintroducing fish upstream of the barrier (FWP). Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Gallatin National Forest are requesting input and comments on the proposed project by March 7, 2014. Public meetings will be held on February 18, 2014 (Bozeman Regional Headquarters) and February 20, 2014 (the Old Sedan Schoolhouse) at 7 pm.