Restoration of Native Species in High Elevation Aquatic Ecosystems
The plan for the Restoration of Native Species in High Elevation Aquatic Ecosystems and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Restoration Plan/DEIS) is now available for your review and comment.
The purpose of the Restoration Plan/DEIS is to guide management actions by the National Park Service to restore and conserve native species diversity and ecological function to selected high elevation aquatic ecosystems that have been adversely impacted by human activities, particularly the past stocking of nonnative trout. The project would also increase the resistance and resiliance of these species and ecosystems to human induced environmental modifications such as disease and unprecedented climate change.
If approved, the Restoration Plan/DEIS would be implemented over a period of 25 to 35 years. Its implementation would affect up to 16% of fish populations in park lakes and ponds. Thus, the impact to recreational fishing would be minor. No impact to stock or recreational access would result.
Over the past 16 years, we have effectively eradicated nonnative trout in 15 lakes and ponds using gill nets and electrofishers. Eleven additional lakes and ponds have nonnative trout removals in-progress, and are expected for completion by 2016. The removal of nonnative trout has been shown to be beneficial for native species. However, we have not had the tools necessary to restore habitats on a larger scale. This Restoration Plan/DEIS proposes the use of additional tools, such as the use of piscicide, for conducting high elevation aquatic ecosystem restoration at the landscape scale in the parks.
We invite you to read the document and provide your comments and questions through this website, or by mailing, faxing, or hand delivering your comments to the below address. All electronic comments should be submitted through this website as we no longer accept written comments through email.
Due to the temporary suspension of this website during the government shut down, the comment period for this document has been extended. Comments should be submitted or postmarked by December 17, 2013.
Ideally, comments on an environmental impact statement assess the adequacy of the document in disclosing and evaluating a project's effect on the environment. Comments are most useful if they are as specific as possible and do the following:
- Discuss a particular plan element or alternative
- Identify incomplete or incorrect information
- Offer reasons why a particular alternative or plan element would or would not work
- Offer a reasonable, new plan element or completely new alternative that could accomplish the stated goals
- Point out discrepancies between legal mandates and proposals
- Highlight deficiencies in the analysis of environmental consequences
- Provide information on how you use the park and how particular proposals in the planning document would affect that use
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment,including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Anonymous comments will not be accepted.
Thank you for your interest in this and other projects in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. We look forward to your input on this project.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
ATTN: Restoration Plan/DEIS
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271