April 3, 2017
Contact: Nathan Hale Sargent
MILL VALLEY, CA — New pedestrian bridges for visitors and improved habitat for endangered Coho salmon are on deck for Muir Woods National Monument.
Beginning today, the National Park Service is accepting public comments on a draft environmental assessment (EA) to address declining habitat for Coho salmon and four deteriorating footbridges above Redwood Creek. Visit https://parkplanning.nps.gov/muwo_bridge_salmon to review and comment on the document through May 18, 2017.
The park's preferred approach is to remove historic riprap (large boulders) placed on the banks of the creek more than 80 years ago by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and to move fallen logs from the floodplain into the channel. Other new creek features would be added to create a variety of habitat for young salmon. Aging footbridges would be replaced to enhance water flow in the creek and support habitat restoration. These actions will significantly improve the conditions needed to help young fish survive.
Public Meeting Golden Gate National Recreation Area will host a public meeting to share the draft EA and provide updates on other projects in the Redwood Creek watershed.
Join us on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave. in Mill Valley.
The event will also be livestreamed by Marin TV at http://www.cmcm.tv/live.
This project was previously open to public scoping in the fall of 2016. The draft EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The public is also invited to provide comment on issues and concerns regarding cultural resources within the project area in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
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