An overview of the Tincup Creek Stream Restoration Project. The project is a large-scale, multi-phased project to improve ecosystem function and habitat for cutthroat trout and other native fish species by restoring channel and floodplain function and processes on four miles of degraded stream on CTNF lands. Implementation of the project’s first phase will occur between July 15th and September 30th, 2017 and last approximately five weeks, with future phases anticipated in 2018 or 2019.
The project will improve riparian conditions and habitat for Yellowstone cutthroat trout (Snake River cutthroat trout subspecies), northern leatherside chub, boreal toad, western pearl shell mussels and bluehead suckers, which are all native species with special management emphasis. Pre-project fish monitoring documented low densities of primarily adult trout, indicating poor habitat complexity for juvenile trout and smaller native fishes such as northern leatherside chubs.