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South Fork of the Walla Walla Area of Critical Environmental Concern Management Plan EA

Fork of the Walla Walla (SFWW) Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) Management Plan Revision Environmental Assessment (EA) is to evaluate actions that provide public recreational access through Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed land to the US Forest Service (USFS) trail network in the Walla Walla Ranger District, Umatilla NF. The EA will develop and analyze alternatives associated with repairing damage caused in the 2020 flood events, to the trailhead access road from Harris Park (Umatilla County), the trailhead itself, and the trail, as well as evaluate options for recreational use on the trail. In the spring of 2020, a catastrophic flood occurred. The road accessing the SFWW trailhead, the trailhead and trail were severely damaged including complete washouts of the trailhead access road and near where the trail transitions from BLM administered land to the Umatilla NF. The region is also the ancestral land of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), who have been working in the area to restore riparian habitat and reintroduce spring chinook salmon. TLG is supporting the Environmental Assessment effort as a third-party neutral mediator, working closely with all impacted stakeholders through one-on-one conversations, a comprehensive stakeholder assessment and community meetings to identify alternatives and work towards a solution agreeable to all parties. He is also facilitating the cooperating agency meetings consisting of five federal agencies, three state, one local and the CTUIR.