Woody debris

An effort to restore salmon habitat by planting native trees is in need of helping hands on Friday, Nov. 15, when the MidCoast Watershed Council will host a restoration work party on Record Creek near Alsea.

This site, like many other riparian areas across the Northwest, was historically cleared up to the stream. Eventually, alders colonized the area, dominating the forest canopy and stalling later stages of forest from developing. While alders adequately provide the important function of shading the stream, their logs degrade quickly when they fall instream and do not contribute to creating the habitat complexity that fish and wildlife rely on to the degree that native conifers like Western red cedars do.

As a shorter term fix, in the summer of 2019 the MidCoast Watershed Council placed logjams in Record Creek in order to trap and sort spawning gravel, form pools and increase overall habitat complexity and floodplain connection.

The Nov. 15 work party aims to provide an even longer term source of large woody debris to the stream, by planting 150 Western red cedars in the alder-dominated riparian area of Record Creek.

The group will meet at 8:30 am at Ray’s Market in Waldport and carpool about an hour to the restoration site near Alsea. Volunteers should bring water and food, rain protection, working boots and gloves.

To RSVP, contact Restoration Program Assistant Ari Blatt at ari@midcoastwc.org or 541-265-9195.

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