The project seeks to improve fish habitat in the Yankee Fork by restoring the stream to a more natural condition. Large wood within the stream channel plays a critical role in the development and maintenance of fish habitat in the Yankee Fork. Over the last 150 years, activities such as timber harvest, mining, road construction, and fire suppression, have caused large wood abundance to drop far below natural levels. This project seeks to restore the amount of large wood in the Yankee Fork between Jordan Creek and Eightmile Creek to natural levels by placing approximately 730 trees in the stream channel. Bart Gamett, a fish biologist with the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the project leader, said, “This project will help restore natural stream processes and will substantially improve habitat for Chinook salmon, steelhead, bull trout, cutthroat trout, and the other fish species in the Yankee Fork .”
Forest visitors should be aware that crews, heavy equipment, and helicopters will be working in the project area through the end of August. District Ranger Wood stated, “We want people to be aware that personnel and equipment are working on this project and to use caution when in the project area.” Forest visitors should also be aware that at times the project will result in traffic being stopped on the Custer Motorway, however these delays are anticipated to be no longer than 15 minutes. Additionally, some of the dispersed campsites within the project area will be temporarily closed while crews and equipment work within, or near the campsites. These campsites will reopen no later than August 15. The Salmon-Challis National Forest staff thanks you for your cooperation during implementation of this project. For additional information, please contact Bart Gamett at 208-588-3420.