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ODFW and Lincoln SWCD work to improve fish habitat on Beaver Creek
August 1, 2011


NEWPORT, Ore. -- In August the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District will place 60 large logs in a three-quarter mile stretch of Beaver Creek in order to provide better habitat for trout and salmon smolts.

Beaver Creek
Jason Kirchner, ODFW habitat restoration biologist, surveys Beaver Creek prior to the placement of large woody debris to improve fish habitat.
- Photo by ODFW-

Beaver Creek is a tributary of Depot Slough which flows into the Yaquina River near Toledo, Ore.  It is a short, 7.4-mile, productive stream with relatively healthy runs of Oregon coastal coho salmon, fall chinook salmon, winter steelhead and cutthroat trout. The logs will be placed in a stretch of the creek along Highway 20 between mile posts 4 and 5. 

“This large wood placement will benefit several species by providing a place for young fish to hide from predators, and to seek shelter from high fast water in the winter,” said Jason Kirchner, ODFW habitat restoration biologist. “We’re also going to be placing some wood into adjacent wetlands to help improve the habitat for birds, amphibians, and reptiles.” 

In addition to the large wood placement, 3,000 willows stakes and 400 trees and shrubs will be planted along the creek and wetlands later this winter. As this riparian vegetation matures it will provide shade and, eventually, additional woody material in the stream channel.

The project is a cooperative effort funded and supported by: Landowners Thomas and Erica Leaton (Sitka Springs Farm), Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Granite Construction Company, Paul Lawson, Oregon State Parks, Lincoln SWCD, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

This cooperation is a hallmark of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds and the Oregon Conservation Strategy, which bring together a wide range of public and private partners to promote the recovery of vulnerable fish and wildlife populations.




Jason Kirchner 541-867-0300 ext. 281
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023
Fax: (541) 673-0372

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