Slide show - Cabin Creek

  • reduced shade Pre-project surveys by watershed biologists and hydrologists concluded that the adjacent mainline road was contributing to reductions in shade and cover provided by in-stream woody debris and adversely effecting habitat utilization by federally-listed bull trout.
  • log lifting A large mobile crane positioned along an adjacent road lifted logs through the forest canopy into the stream. In addition to precise placement and minimal impact to existing riparian trees, the crane enabled implementation without significant disturbance to sensitive riparian soils. A piece of LWD with an attached root wad is lowered through the forest canopy into the stream where it will provide habitat for rearing bull trout.
  • positioning lwd Watershed hydrologists carefully position a piece of LWD across the stream to provide the best overhead cover for bull trout. LWD pieces were connected to existing habitat elements and positioned so that they were within one foot of the water surface to provide the best fish cover possible.
  • undercut bank LWD positioned to create an undercut bank cover element for fish. Two pieces of wood were placed as ramps into the streambed at one bank and a third piece of LWD was positioned on top of them creating open space for fish to hide.
  • root wads Root wads were added throughout the habitat restoration reach to serve as fish cover. These elements connected to other pieces such as this "undercut bank" configuration.
  • overhead cover Additional pieces of LWD were placed to span the channel providing overhead cover for fish utilizing these open reaches of stream near the bridge. Bank vegetation was planted to help restore natural shrub cover throughout the project area.