2018 Mount Rainier National Park Fisheries Management Plan Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact
The National Park Service (NPS) has completed its environmental review and has issued a decision and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Fish Management Plan Environmental Assessment (EA).
The decision, detailed in the FONSI, will direct the long-term management for fish within lakes, rivers and streams in Mount Rainier National Park. Fish management actions and revisions to fishing regulations will conserve native fish populations, including threatened bull trout, and restore ecosystems in the park by reducing or eliminating nonnative fish. The plan also provides for continued and expanded recreational fishing opportunities and related visitor experiences.
The EA analyzed three alternatives. The selected alternative will update fishing regulations emphasizing catch and release of native fish species and retention or harvest of nonnative fish species, implement nonnative fish suppression and/or eradication from selected streams and rivers in bull trout habitat and fish removal from up to 10 lakes, expand research and monitoring, and allow adaptive management. A no action alternative (status quo management) and a more expansive action alternative were also considered.
The FONSI, its attachments, and the EA are available by clicking on the "Document List" button, located on the left sidebar.
The National Park Service appreciates the public taking time to share their comments, ideas and concerns, and contributing to the Mount Rainier National Park planning process.
Kevin Skerl, Chief of Natural and Cultural Resources
Tracy Swartout, Deputy Superintendent 360-569-6510