East Fork Indian Creek in RRG reopens to Vehicles May 9, 2016 14:16:00 GMT -5 Paul Sheppard and Trix like this
Post by Greg Stamper on May 9, 2016 14:16:00 GMT -5
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tim Eling
East Fork Indian Creek in Red River Gorge reopens to motorized vehicles
WINCHESTER, Ky., May 9, 2016 – After months of extensive project work, the East Fork of Indian Creek area of the Red River Gorge has reopened to vehicle traffic.
The Forest Service closed Forest Road 9B to the creek’s east fork last year to begin stream restoration activities. In partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, the primary goals were to improve fish habitat and water quality.
“The project began by removing two dams and two plank crossings that were installed about 40 years ago,” said District Ranger Jon Kazmierski.
“Those structures were affecting the natural water flow, causing soil erosion, and obstructing fish travel in the stream. Those problems are now corrected.”
In the early 1900s, Indian Creek’s winding channel was straightened to accommodate logging and agriculture. The water’s straight current cut into the stream banks, causing siltation and impacting aquatic species.
As part of the recent project, the eroded stream banks were lowered and the stream channel was returned to a winding flow. The excess soil was used to develop parking and recreation areas away from the stream.
Hundreds of tree seedlings are recently planted along the stream restoration areas. To allow the new trees and grass to become established, camping is not allowed in the stream restoration zone. Other areas of Indian Creek are open to dispersed camping.
“We want to remind everyone to please follow the land ethics of Leave No Trace when camping in the national forest,” added Kazmierski.
“Pack out your trash, and remember to follow food storage rules to reduce the risk of a negative encounter with a bear.”
To maintain water quality and reduce sediment into the stream, a gate has been installed nearly one mile from the previous end of Forest Service Road 9B to prevent stream crossing with motorized vehicles. This section of road will remain open for administrative use and public foot travel only.
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