DNR efforts are re-opening hundreds of miles of forest streams for fish habitat

New culvert
Staff from DNR’s Olympic Region install a new culvert that replaces an undersized structure that had blocked fish migration. Photo: Guy Ruble/DNR.

In 2012, DNR removed 134 fish barriers from forest streams on state trust lands, opening an estimated 67 miles of stream to salmon and other fish. About 276 fish barrier culverts under forest roads remain for DNR to remove by October 31, 2016, when the state’s Forest and Fish Law requires forest landowners to complete the forest road stream-crossing improvements. Since 2009 2002, DNR has removed 1,184 fish barrier culverts from state trust lands, which has opened nearly 600 miles of stream for fish habitat.

Size and installation requirements for culverts on fish-bearing streams are summarized in DNR’s Forest Practices Illustrated.

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