A crew of half a dozen Hydrophiles met Johan Hogervorst and Kate Meyer of the McKenzie River Ranger District on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 to tour the Deer Creek Restoration Site. Historically, Deer Creek was a deeply incised, fast-moving channel with little cover for endemic species that was largely cut off from its natural floodplain. Beginning last summer, the Forest Service implemented a large-scale restoration plan to restore spawning habitat for native salmon and trout, by removing old berms and placing over 400 pieces of large woody debris in the channel. This work introduces complexity to the stream, reduces its erosive energy, and provides key habitat for many species, from macroinvertebrates to beavers. We'd like to give a huge shout out to Johan, Kate, and Nick for taking time out of their weekend to show us their backyard, and for being so energetic and excited about river restoration - thank you!
This work is ongoing! A much larger scale project is in the works for the South Fork of the McKenzie below Cougar Dam, and field technicians are needed beginning spring of 2018. Please contact Amelia Yeager or Sam Swanson for more details.
Check out more photos of the trip here.