Restoration of Native Species in High Elevation Aquatic Ecosystems
Thank you for your interest in the plan for the Restoration of Native Species in High Elevation Aquatic Ecosystems. We are currently addressing the public comments we received on the plan during the public review period which took place from September 26 to December 17, 2013.
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.
Thank you for your interest in this and other projects in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
ATTN: Restoration Plan/DEIS
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271