SCHOONER CREEK LARGE WOOD RESTORATION PROJECT
On or about October 6, 2014, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council, and Siuslaw National Forest will implement a fish habitat restoration project on Schooner Creek. The project will involve placing logs via helicopter at three publicly-owned sites in the main stem of Schooner Creek in Lincoln City.
What role do logs play in streams?
Log structures in streams are often referred to as "large woody debris." They serve as key components of healthy stream habitats, providing shelter for fish and food for aquatic insects, which, in turn, provide food for fish. Log structures can help form deep pools, contribute to the buildup of spawning gravel, stabilize stream banks and reduce erosion.
Why do we need to put logs in streams?
In order to enhance stream habitat, restoration practitioners often place large woody debris structures in streams. This practice has become necessary because logs are often no longer naturally falling into streams on their own, primarily due to deforestation and changes in land use. Until recently, before it became clear that woody debris was an important habitat feature, it was even common practice to remove logs from streams.
In short - stream log placement is an excellent restoration tool to make up for loss of habitat!
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