Restoration of Native Species in High Elevation Aquatic Ecosystems
The National Park Service is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for the Restoration of Native Species in High Elevation Aquatic Ecosystems (including Mountain Yellow-legged Frogs) within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. In addition to satisfying the requirements and intent of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), this Environmental Impact Statement will also be developed in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and thus will result in a combined Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR).
The purpose of this project is to provide for the restoration of between 30 and 85 lakes and ponds within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. There are approximately 570 lakes and ponds within the parks that contain introduced trout, and the parks are considering the removal of all introduced trout from up to 15% of these sites. The objective of this project is to create clusters of fishless habitat in several areas in an attempt to preserve and restore aquatic habitats and populations of native species, including mountain yellow-legged frogs in high elevation lakes and streams. This project would also create new opportunities for visitors to experience the wildlife of pristine wilderness lakes and streams, while continuing to provide ample opportunities for recreational fishing.
We are currently developing a DEIS. Early next year, the public will have an opportunity to submit comments on the Draft EIS and Restoration Plan. If you wish to request a CD or written copy of the plan, please email the below address and your name will be added to the mailing list. Otherwise, the DEIS will be posted on this site once it is available for public review.
Danny Boiano, Aquatic Ecologist
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