A public presentation from Jackson, Wyo.-based Biota Research and Consulting will draw a quorum of City Council members to City Hall on Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m., as part of an ongoing discussion regarding the Sun Peak Preserve restoration project.

     The project—proposed for the Hulen Meadows pond and an adjacent stretch of the Big Wood River—aims to restore the natural functions and health of the river, enhance riparian habitat and increase kayaking and fly-fishing opportunities.

     In addition to excavating about 200 tons of sediment from the pond’s northern end, other suggested pond improvements include adding a new wildlife-viewing platform, a boating access point, restroom facilities, a parking area and trail system.

     Proposed improvements for the Big Wood River include diverting it to its western channel where it splits, installing slope-stabilizing infrastructure and connecting about four acres of floodplain habitat using culverts. The Sun Peak project also suggests replacing basalt drop structures with boulder clusters to create better fish habitat and safer kayaking conditions and decreasing the river’s elevation to reduce flooding.

     On Wednesday, Biota Research will present a detailed report on current fish habitat, erosion and sediment collection of the Big Wood River. More information on land transfer options will also be presented, as the Sun Peak Preserve area is on federal land managed by the BLM and either the Wood River Land Trust or a public entity such as the city of Ketchum could take over ownership.

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