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Chalone Creek Restoration Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review

The following is a reprint of the Pinnacles Press Release:

June 5, 2002
For Immediate Release
Cicely Muldoon/Superintendent (831) 389 - 4485

After months of planning, the Environmental Assessment of Chalone Creek Restoration in Pinnacles National Monument is available for public comment. This document discusses how the restoration of 3 kilometers of Chalone Creek would be implemented in the Monument and what effects to the environment and visitor use of Pinnacles would be expected.

The Monument's preferred alternative is to conduct this restoration action to improve stream conditions and the habitat of the California red-legged frog, a federally threatened species. "The current condition of this section of stream is less than ideal. We expect that this restoration project will greatly improve the stream's character and function as well as improve the habitat quality for red-legged frogs", said Superintendent Cicely Muldoon.

Copies of the Environmental Assessment are available on the Web site or may be obtained by sending a postcard with return address to the monument or by calling (831) 389-4485 ext. 235. Additional copies are available at the Bear Gulch Visitor Center, Chaparral Ranger Station and at the libraries in King City and Hollister.

Public involvement is encouraged. Please send comments to Pinnacles National Monument, 5000 Hwy 146, Paicines, CA 95043 or via email to (amy_fesnock@nps.gov). The comment period closes July 7, 2002.

For more information regarding the project please contact Chad Moore, Physical Scientist, at (831) 389-4485 ext. 246 or at chad_moore@nps.gov.


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