The Cowlitz Indian Tribe (Tribe) secured funding through Tacoma Power Utilities - Cowlitz Restoration and Recovery (CRR) Fund grant to develop a preliminary design to relocate over 0.30 mile of Forest Road 2801 near Randle, Washington. The proposed project would also address flood conveyance under adjacent Forest Road 28 to reduce river valley constriction and restore floodplain connectivity. Project designs are expected to include placement of logjam and complexity structures to increase floodplain connection and provide habitat diversity for ESA listed salmonids. The resulting project will support natural habitat forming processes and increase floodplain rearing habitat for Lower Columbia coho, and chinook salmon and steelhead, while preserving emergency egress for the local community.
These efforts are a continuation of the Tribe and United States Forest Service’s (USFS) broader aquatic restoration efforts in the Cispus River and Yellowjacket Creek to improve salmonid habitat and aquatic functions. This project builds upon several phases of the Tribe’s completed and ongoing restoration work in the vicinity that has been done in partnership with the USFS.
- Mandatory Site Tour: June 1, 2023 – 10:30am PST
- Request for Clarification/Question Submittals by: June 8, 2023 – 6:00pm PST
- Response to Questions: June 15, 2023 – 6:00pm PST
- Proposal Submission Deadline: June 21, 2023 – 2:00 pm PST
- Tentative Award Selection: June 27, 2023
- Anticipated Project Timeline: June 28, 2023 – November 30, 2024