“Having an opportunity to partner with CTUIR on a project of this significance is very gratifying for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest”, said Whitman District Ranger, Jeff Tomac. “Large scale restoration projects are an important part of the Forest Service’s mission and partnering with another government and other entities allows us to share ideas, resources, and a passion for the environment”, continued Tomac. CTUIR and Bonneville Power Administration provided substantial funding to the Forest Service for completion of this project.
Bull Run Creek is a 9.2 mile perennial tributary to Granite Creek and supports potential spawning habitat for bull trout and redband trout. Bull Run sub watershed is a total of 19,384 acres, with 18,751 of those acres (96%) on National Forest System lands. It is expected that the entire Bull Run Creek system will benefit from this project through channel and floodplain connectivity. Fish will benefit from the open bottom type of culverts and pre-cast bridges that will alleviate fish passage issues. The project will also enhance stream flow and help mitigate erosion.
Approximately 87 miles of streams in the Granite watershed are designated critical habitat for ESA listed mid-Columbia Steelhead and essential fish habitat for spring Chinook salmon. The objective is to improve water quality and fisheries habitat and passage in Bull Run Creek and its tributaries, by reconstructing and storm proofing the road way. The culvert replacements and enhancements will restore fish passage and also reduce sediment.