The National Park Service (NPS) has prepared an Environmental Assessment that considers the implementation of a Fish Management Plan at Mount Rainier National Park. The purpose of the plan is to guide management of native and nonnative fish populations in the park.
This Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluates three alternatives: Alternative 1 would continue existing fish management policies, goals and actions. Alternative 2, the preferred alternative, would implement revised fishing regulations consistent with NPS, Washington State, and Endangered Species Act policy, while providing for continued recreational fishing opportunities. Nonnative fish would eventually be removed from two streams and from 10 of 35 lakes with reproducing fish populations. Alternative 3 would include Alternative 2 actions, and nonnative fish removal would occur in ten additional park lakes and two additional streams with more complex habitat. In addition, native salmon and bull trout would be reintroduced to some stream reaches.
Mount Rainier National Park invites you to provide comments on the Fish Management Plan EA. Comments that provide corrections or suggestions to improve the alternatives or the environmental analysis are most helpful.
Please comment online using the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/morafishmgtplan
, and clicking on the "Open for Comment" button on the left sidebar. This EA will be available for public review and comment for 30 days ending at 11 pm Pacific Time, October 12, 2017.
Rebecca Lofgren, Aquatic Ecologist
Karen Thompson, Environmental Coordinator