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Teanaway Community Forest Fish Passage Inventory and Assessment Final Report: April 27, 2015 through June 30, 2015

Category: Habitat - Fish Passage Technical Assistance

Date Published: November 23, 2015

Number of Pages: 15

INTRODUCTION:

In 2013, the state of Washington authorized the purchase of the 50,241-acre (~78.5 sq. mi.) Teanaway Community Forest (TCF) as a means to protect and enhance watersheds, maintain working lands, and conserve and restore vital habitats for fish and wildlife. Lawmakers directed the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to manage the property in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The two agencies formalized a co-management approach in a Deed of Habitat Restoration and Working Lands Easement on the TCF property (Reference: Easement #58-090537, 2013). In June 2015, a management plan was completed for the TCF. One of the goals of the management plan is to conserve and restore vital habitat for native fish species, including spring Chinook and federally-listed steelhead and bull trout.

Between April 27 and June 30, 2015, the WDFW conducted a fish passage barrier inventory as part of an effort to establish baseline aquatic habitat connectivity conditions in subwatersheds of the Yakima Basin within the TCF and adjacent lands. This fish passage inventory and assessment work was funded through a contract to WDFW from the Department of Ecology as part of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan. Prior to this effort, the WDFW’s Fish Passage and Diversion Screening Inventory (FPDSI) and the WDNR’s Road Maintenance and Abandonment Plans (RMAP) databases were incomplete in describing all fish passage barriers in and around the TCF. The 2015 fish passage inventory efforts included a reassessment of the existing data in the FPDSI database and a review of RMAP data provided by WDNR. The results of the reassessments and all new fish passage inventory were added to the FPDSI database and summarized in this report. Detailed FPDSI database reports are included in the Appendix.