Very interesting, both those watersheds are cool, the cedar is much more natural...less logging, (none in the last 15 or 20 years) especially in the lowlands, the taylor creek drainage is all huge second growth and there are still some very impressive bulls that live there and are rarely seen, but judging from some of the cast antlers myself and others have found there is a 400 point bull in there somewhere. The lake has trout and bull trout, I never fished the lake but the river above it used to hold some nice fish, theking is right, most are real skinny.. especially the dollies, but I heard of some studies quite a while ago where they shocked to fish to stun them and came up with 20lb bulls that live on the bottom gorgeing on pygmy whitefish, I think the mucks gained access not through the courts but through an agreement that also involved the city of tacoma and the crossover waterline that was built several years ago....they would love to get in there and kill elk but so far the city has held them at bay, they'll eventually get in, but even when they do get access the hunting would not be easy, those elk live in the second growth and the reprod and they would actually have to get out and hunt them, not like the green where they can roadhunt the endless clearcuts.
The Howard hanson res has some huge FAT trout in it, years ago we had a little boat up there that we drug up the railroad tracks from the headworks and would row around in the evening or morning and pull a little flatfish along...the biggest I ever saw was 24" 4 or 5 lb rainbow....the river around mt humphry was the best though, the trout were like little steelhead, (they may have been) they could get up to 20" and were chrome bright and tough, I never got caught in there and just quit going as I got older and grew up a little, but I'm glad I did what I did when I did it, one evening in october when the res was drained and the upper fields were exposed I fished the river from the south side catching one after another that were from 14 to 20" while a huge herd bull was running about 30 cows less than 100 yards away, I gave him a coupl;e of whistles and he raged over and bellered at us from the opposite shore less than 40 yards away.....it would have been worth a tresspass ticket that evening.
Both those drainages are special and it is good to protect them, it's a little late for the green as the timber has been decimated, I supect that plum creek ( or whoever bought there land in there) will be selling the empty land soon and the mucks have enough money to buy it, ending any hope of the herds ever totally recovering in there.
thanks for bringing it up, that was kinda fun.