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Utah native trout restoration projects deemed to have little impact

US - The US Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the proposed Native Trout Restoration and Enhancement Projects in southwest Utah will not have a significant impact on the human environment and will not require the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement.

The FWS previously released a Draft Environmental Assessment on the restoration program to satisfy NEPA requirements and allow public comment on the proposal.

The DEA detailed the project and analyzed potential impacts and effects on affected resources. It was released for a 30-day public commenting period that ended in July. Two comment letters were received and considered.

The project will be funded in part with a grant under the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, in cooperation with the Fishlake and Dixie national forests and Bureau of Land Management in Richfield are proposing to establish populations of native Bonneville cutthroat trout or Colorado River cutthroat trout in 10 streams in south central and southwestern Utah.

Source: DeseretMorningNews

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