NORTH CREEK TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
SUMMARY OF PROJECT
Civil engineering services are needed to solve the fish passage problem created by the culvert at North Creek and Forest Road 1790 at milepost 5.8. Finding an appropriately priced solution is a complex problem requiring an experienced forest road engineer. The existing 116 foot long pipe, covered by 25 feet of road fill, is found at a bend in the road over exposed basalt bedrock. North Creek has a 24-foot wide bank full width at the Road 1790 crossing. Culvert replacement with a bridge or open bottom arch spanning 36 feet is needed to meet the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) standards found in SLOPES IV. Oregon Coast Coho salmon adults and steelhead trout are known to attempt upstream passage at the site. The culvert stops upstream Fall Chinook salmon adult and juvenile fish migration.
BIG CREEK FLOODPLAIN RESTORATION
SUMMARY OF PROJECT
Three factors limit salmon rearing habitat in a 0.6-mile section of lower Big Creek (Ocean Tributary, Lane County): (1) floodplain fill; (2) lack of key pieces of large wood; and (3) invasive weeds. The Big Creek Floodplain Restoration project aims to address the lack of large woody debris in lower Big Creek in order to resolve these limiting factors. Placing large woody debris and removing fill in the floodplain will add high water habitat, preventing salmonids from prematurely migrating into the ocean. This restoration project will encourage salmon population productivity and resilience, through improving habitat and encouraging life history diversity.
BUMMER CREEK RIPARIAN PLANTING
Bummer Creek (Alsea watershed) has been the target of numerous restoration projects over the past 5 years. It was identified in an OWEB-funded Limiting Factors Analysis (LFA) as temperature and gravel limited. To address these issues, riparian planting, livestock exclusion fencing, culvert replacements and instream large woody debris placements have been implemented on a suite of 8 cooperating small private landowners within the sub-basin. The LFA also classified the lower main stem as highly incised, approximately 12 ft., and limited by truncated linkage to historical off channel rearing habitats. Both the USFWS and the MCWC have been instrumental in the development of salmonid accessible off channel wetland habitat in partnerships on the Parker property as part of this larger basin scale effort. LiDAR analysis has revealed the presence of 1.5 miles of diked and inaccessible oxbow habitat. We propose to extend riparian fencing and planting downstream on Bummer Cr to the next 2 adjacent private land parcels (140 acres combined), reconfigure the outlet of the wetland outlet to exit through its historical channel and develop additional wetland habitats to store and retain winter runoff to address the summer temperature limitation in mainstem Bummer Cr. This is a private landowner partnership with in kind match contributed from Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP) and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Funds will support the creation of approximately 1500ft of fence to exclude livestock on the Jackson property putting 7.7 acres of land into riparian reserve.
3/9/2017 PROJECT UPDATE
The roughly 3,000 linear feet of fencing for this project has been completed. Hand scalping at planting sites to reduce competetion and increase survival has also been completed. Plant material is the next step, and our partners at the Northwest Oregon Regional Partnership have provided just over 2,000 plants. Planting is expected to be finished by the end of March.
Mill Creek (Siletz) Monitoring
Mill Creek - Siletz is a 7th-field watershed that flows into the mainstem Siletz at RM 49 in the community of Logsden. ODFW operates a Life Cycle Monitoring station in Mill Creek and has been collecting data on abundance of adult salmonids and survival and downstream migration numbers of juvenile salmonids there since 1997. This current monitoring project quantifies the effects of a watershed-scale large wood placement, planned to be implemented summers of 2015-2016, on fluvial geomorphic response, aquatic habitat, assemblage of benthic invertebrates, overwinter survival of juvenile coho, and overall coho smolt production for the watershed. The study is designed to inform future in-stream restoration priorities, large wood placement design, land use management, coastal coho recovery goals and objectives, and limiting factors analyses for coho salmon production. Partners in the project with the MidCoast Council and ODFW include Plum Creek Timber, DEQ, OSU, and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians. OWEB funds are budgeted for contracted services (48%); 2-person field crew for three aquatic habitat inventory (AQI) surveys and project support (30%); travel (2%); supplies (5%); 2 outreach workshops (2%); and administration (13%).
project update 3/2/2017
Employees from the MCWC and the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District because Aquatic Habitat Inventory (AQI) work on Mill Creek in January, starting surveys on the tributary Gunn Creek. The weather, heavy rains leading to high flows, has slowed progress. However, we will continue to prioritize time in Mill Creek when stream levels are low enough to survey.
North Fork Yachats Riparian Stewardship
This project will treat approximately 5.5 acres of riparian corridor in the North Fork Yachats Watershed. Native trees and shrubs will be planted and protected from wildlife browse with enclosure fencing. Water bars will be installed on abandoned roads to reduce soil erosion/ sediment inputs to the watershed, and selected boles of big leaf maple will be girdled to create habitat for cavity nesting birds.
Landward Migrations Estuary Technical Assessment
MidCoast Watershed Council is working on a project to provide watershed councils, land trusts, SWCDs and coastal city and county planners, working in each of Oregon’s 21 estuaries south of the Columbia River, with tools that will help identify, protect, conserve and restore lands that are expected to be future tidal wetlands under different sea level rise scenarios. The project will produce and deliver user-friendly GIS layers, maps, images and descriptions of priority areas for conservation specific to each estuary area and provide an outreach presentation to each targeted group to assure understanding of the information. Partners in the project include the USFWS Coastal Program and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. OWEB funds will be used for contracted services (84%), travel (2%), supplies (2%), and administration (11%).
Project Update 1/19/2016
The timeline for this project was revised and extended through March with OWEB. All GIS data for this project has been reviewed and is not final, covering 23 estuaries. Draft map products and draft tables of LMZ areas were completed and presented to groups with the MidCoast, Siuslaw, Umpqua, Coos, Coquille, and South Coast estuaries and regions.
Log Salvage Fund
The log Salvage fund expands upon a project that has been successful in the region over the course of the last thirteen years. The project entails taking advantage of opportunities to collect whole trees, logs and other materials for restoration activities, free of charge from public and private properties, made available through storm events and land management activities (road building and/or land clearing). The expenses of this style of log salvage project come from the need to collect donated materials in a timely manner and transport them either to a restoration project site or to a storage site for use at another time, when additional transport costs are accrued.
Our last salvage log grant expired at the end of December, 2016. However, we expect to receive funding for our next salvage log grant (#5!) in April.
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