ODFW and partners work to restore fish habitat in Yaquina and Beaver Creek watersheds
During the month of October, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, and the Mid Coast Watersheds Council will place nearly 600 large trees via helicopter in 9 miles of stream and in 46 acres of tidal channels and marshes in the Yaquina and Beaver Creek watersheds, to provide better habitat for salmon, trout, marine/forage fish and wildlife species.
In addition, 3,000 willows stakes and 400 native trees and shrubs will be planted along the streams and in wetlands later this winter. As these trees and shrubs mature they will provide shade and, eventually, additional woody material in the stream channel.
According to wildlife experts, past land use practices have altered the natural processes that would have contributed wood material to the streams and estuaries. As a result, there is little woody material and the other in-stream complexities that would provide fish and wildlife with essential habitat for rearing, spawning and feeding.
This comprehensive large wood placement project includes Wright Creek, Poole Slough, Mill Creek sub-basins (Lower Yaquina), and North Fork Beaver and Peterson sub-basins in the Beaver Creek Watershed. Planting and invasive species control of riparian vegetation is also planned in the Wright Creek sub-basin.
This is all part of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds, Coastal Coho Conservation Plan, and the Oregon Conservation Strategy, which bring together a wide range of public and private partners to promote the recovery of vulnerable fish and wildlife populations.