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How big trees help to restore stream habitat for fish

Enhancing the environment of salmon smolts.
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Monitoring the effects of large wood on stream habitat and salmon populations Thursday August 3rd, 2017 6:30 PM
Newport Visual Arts Center
777 NW Beach Dr. Newport

“How many fish will this restoration project produce?” It’s a question restoration professionals get asked all the time, and it is one that is very difficult to answer. However, we may be closer than ever to showing how restoration projects affect fish populations thanks to the Mill Creek (Siletz) restoration and effectiveness monitoring project.

The MidCoast Watersheds Council invites the public to attend a presentation by Chris Lorion, Assistant Project Leader for the Salmon Life Cycle Monitoring Project with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), on Thursday August 3rd, 2017 at 6:30 PM in Newport. The talk will be held in room 205 at the Newport Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach. Refreshments will be served.

Over 700 large logs were placed in Mill Creek and its tributaries to capture gravel, raise the stream bed, create back eddies and provide protection for young fish. Mill Creek is one of seven Salmon Life Cycle Monitoring (LCM) sites managed by ODFW on the central Oregon coast. These sites evaluate abundance of young salmon and downstream migrating juveniless, estimate marine and freshwater survival rates for coho, and evaluate effects of habitat modification on the abundance of juvenile salmon.

Due to the existing monitoring history, there was the opportunity to evaluate effects of large wood placement on stream habitat and fish populations.

Chris Lorion has worked as the assistant project leader for ODFW for 9 years, coordinating the ODFW Salmonid Life Cycle Monitoring Project. Before that, Chris earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University and a Doctorate in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center in Costa Rica. Over the past 20 years, Chris has worked on fish research projects investigating a wide variety of species, ranging from lampreys and cutthroat trout in Oregon to cichlids and tetras in tropical streams.

Come learn more about the Mill Creek restoration project and ODFW’s Life Cycle Monitoring on August 3rd!

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