Forest officials announced plans last week to deal with habitat and water protection, and road and trail repair before winter. While a study said flooding and erosion aren't pressing problems, the threat of landslides is.
The restoration plan is focused on the Middle Fork Complex Fire, which burned 17,280 acres north of Garden Valley, and the Cascade Complex Fire, which burned 302,459 acres east of Cascade. As part of the plan, $2 million will be spent on straw mulch around bull trout fisheries in Riordan Creek and Trapper Creek. Another $1.8 million will go toward road improvements, including rebuilding several stream crossings.