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Forest Plans Fish Habitat
Project at Yankee Fork

by Bart Gamett
Idaho Mountain Express, July 8, 2015

The Yankee Fork of the Salmon River was greatly altered by a dredging operation that literally turned the valley upside down. The Salmon-Challis National Forest will resume work on a wood-restoration project to improve fish habitat in the upper Yankee Fork northeast of Stanley beginning Monday, July 6.

The project will be carried out from the confluence with Jordan Creek, which is just upstream from the old town of Bonanza, upstream to Eightmile Creek.

The purpose of the project is to improve fish habitat by restoring the stream to a more natural condition. According to a news release from the Forest Service, over the past 150 years, activities such as timber harvesting, mining, road construction and fire suppression have caused large wood abundance in the river to drop far below natural levels. The project will add about 730 trees to the stream channel. In 2014, 340 of these trees were placed, and this year's work will do the remainder.

The Forest Service is being helped by the Bureau of Reclamation, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Trout Unlimited.

Forest visitors should be aware that crews, heavy equipment and helicopters may be working on the project anytime between July 6 and Aug. 14. Some of the dispersed campsites within the project area will be temporarily closed while work is completed near them.

Bart Gamett
Forest Plans Fish Habitat Project at Yankee Fork
Idaho Mountain Express, July 8, 2015

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