Public Comment Sought on Proposal to Restore Paiute Cutthroat Trout to Historic Habitat in California’s Silver King Creek

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Paiute cutthroat troutThe California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will hold a public meeting on restoration of Paiute cutthroat trout to historic habitat in Silver King Creek. Paiute cutthroat trout is a threatened species. The meeting is on Oct. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. in Markleeville in Alpine County. DFG in cooperation with the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the U. S. Forest Service (USFS), seek written public comment on the proposal and agency representatives will be available to answer questions on the proposed project at the meeting.

DFG and USFWS are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to evaluate direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of the proposal to restore Paiute cutthroat trout into 9.1 miles of historic habitat currently occupied by non-native trout species. The proposal includes the removal of non-native fish in Silver Creek from Llewellyn Falls downstream to Silver King Canyon, as well as the accessible reaches of three small tributaries: Tamarack Creek, Tamarack Lake Creek and the lower reaches of Coyote Valley Creek. Methods being considered for fish removal include application of rotenone (a piscicide), electrofishing and dewatering, or a combination of these methods.

All interested parties are invited to attend the open-house style meeting to learn more about the EIS/EIR at Turtle Rock Park Community Center at 17300 State Route 89 in Markleeville.

Written public comments will be accepted at the public workshop or by mail until Oct. 31. Comments should be submitted to Stafford Lehr, California Department of Fish and Game, 1701 Nimbus Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. More information on the proposed action can be found at