STONEWALL CREEK - The goal of this project is to restore the physical and ecological functioning of Stonewall Creek. Specifically, habitat for westslope cutthroat trout would be improved. In-stream and riparian habitat, within the reach of Stonewall Creek that is proposed for restoration, is currently diminished as a result of historic mining disturbance. There are large piles of processed rock within the historic floodplain; a former tributary cannot access the main channel as a result of processed rock piles; the main channel is generally confined and isolated from a floodplain surface; recruitment of large woody debris is limited resulting in smaller and less complex habitat features.
SAUERKRAUT CREEK - Placer and hardrock mining activities dating back to the late 1800s reworked the valley bottom in Sauerkraut Creek resulting in a significant impairment to both channel and floodplain processes in several locations in the watershed. The goal of this project is to rehabilitate stream, floodplain and hillslope processes in a segment of Sauerkraut Creek on Forest Service Lands to promote, protect and restore aquatic habitat conditions for westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout. The proposed project would serve to maintain surface flows and has been designed to maintain the integrity of the unique historical features in Sauerkraut Creek.
More detailed information regarding the proposal is available on the Helena National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/helena/landmanagement/projects.
Members of the public can submit comments to the Lincoln District Ranger at 1569 Hwy 200, Lincoln, MT 59639. Electronic comments should be submitted to the Lincoln Ranger District at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments must be submitted or postmarked by March 7th, 2013. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Amber Kamps at 406-362-7000.