The Lewis River and its tributaries, on the southern side of Mount St. Helens, are home to several endangered fish species such as Chinook salmon, coho salmon, steelhead trout, and bull trout. Much of the upper watershed is within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Working with WA Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and PacifiCorp, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is responsible for maintaining healthy habitat for these fish species.
The US Forest Service actively restores degraded stream channels to increase spawning and rearing habitat through the use of engineered log jams, bank stabilization, invasive weed removal and tree planting.
The Mount St. Helens Institute monitors restoration impacts in a program that provides job development for undergraduate and recently graduated youth. These project are made possible by the Lewis River Aquatic Coordinator Committee, EcoTrust, Clark Skamania Flyfishers and the US Forest Service.
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