TU Joins with Partners to Enhance Coho Habitat
As part of the North Coast Coho Project, Trout Unlimited (TU) has teamed up with California State Parks and a private landowner to install large woody material along 2.1 miles of the South Fork Big River, in Mendocino County, to enhance habitat for endangered coho salmon. The partners received funding from the California Department of Fish and Game's Fisheries Restoration Grant Program and FishAmerica Foundation to carry out the work.
TU Project Coordinator, Lisa Bolton, visited the site on July, 27th and watched the project in action on the private land. Using a rubber-tired grapple tractor, the talented subcontractor and Licensed Timber Operator, Ken Smith, threaded two pieces of large woody material through a redwood clump and down into the stream channel with the guidance of Christopher Blencowe, subcontractor and Registered Professional Forester. Threading the logs through the redwood clump serves as a natural anchor point so logs are more likely to stay in place in order to scour out pools, sort spawning gravel and provide cover for coho. Christopher and Ken were on their sixth day of operations and had already installed 40 pieces of wood at 15 sites, some of which were felled directly into the stream channel. They expect to install an additional 40 to 50 pieces on the private property. Implementation of the wood installation on California State Parks property (near Montgomery Woods State Reserve) is slated for summer 2012.