Nine Red Alder and one Big Leaf Maple were felled at chosen points along the upper section of the creek. Selective tree thinning speeds up forest succession. The native logs were supplemented with imported Douglas fir and Cedar logs. Some logs were bundled into "el-wood" (engineered large woody debris). The "el-wood" were joined together on site to replicate log jams.
Logs slowed stream flows by creating "little dams," Small pools, eddies and sedimentation traps form. In addition, little cascades oxygenate the water. All of these effects provide better "living quarters" for fish, resulting in improved survivability. The project called for planting 100 Cedar, Spruce, and Fir trees in the riparian for shade, cooler water, bank stabilization and wildlife habitat.
by John Reinke and Bob Yoder