Clatskanie - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service propose to complete an environmental restoration project on Crims Island, located at river mile 57 on the Columbia River, near Clatskanie, according to a public notice issued by the Corps.

Long-term effects of the proposed project are beneficial to nearly all species present in the Crims Island area. Without this restoration, the productivity of habitat for fish and wildlife resources in this area will not attain its full potential, the public notice said.

The Corps and USFWS propose to restore 92 acres of native tidal emergent marsh, mudflat and side channel habitats, restore tidal flow to 88 acres of forested swamp/freshwater marsh and re-establish 115 acres of native riparian forest habitat on Crims Island.

The restoration of tidal flow to the 88 acres of forested swamp/freshwater marsh is contingent upon acquisition of the land by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Corps' environmental assessment, addressing the environmental effects of the proposed action, is available for public review. To comment on or to receive a copy of this EA, write to District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District - Portland, Attention: Dorsey, P.O. Box 2946, Portland, OR 97208-2946, or call Geoff Dorsey, Environmental Resources Branch, at (503) 808-4769.

Written comments should be mailed no later than May 25. Refer to Corps ID number CENWP-PM-E-04-03 in any correspondence.


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