Salmon acclimation sites approved for upper North Lewis



CHELATCHIE — The Gifford Pinchot National Forest has approved establishment of two salmon acclimation sites on side channels of the Muddy River and Clear Creek in the upper North Fork of the Lewis River watershed.

The sites are a small part of the massive project under way to bring salmon and steelhead back to the upper Lewis, blocked to sea-run fish by construction of Merwin Dam in 1931.

Juvenile spring chinook will spend time at the acclimation sites and imprint on waters upstream of Swift Dam.

A copy of the Forest Service decision notice may be found online at

Individuals or organizations who submitted comments during the comment period may appeal the decision. Appeals may be sent to: Appeal Deciding Officer, Forest Supervisor ATTN: 1570 Appeals, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, 10600 N.E. 51st Circle, Vancouver, 98682. Appeals may be sent by email to

If filed by email, acceptable formats are Microsoft Word (.doc), Rich Text (.rtf) or portable document file (.pdf).

For more information, contact David Hu, project leader, at 360-891-5108 or