Deschutes National Forest Supervisor John Allen recently signed the Whychus Creek Wild and Scenic River Plan, setting in motion important new protections and guidance for the management of National Forest lands along Whychus Creek.
The creek is an important stronghold for ocean-going steelhead which are finding their way back for the first time in 40 years with the new fish passage provided at Pelton-Round Butte Dam.*
Now we are working to purchase another two miles of Whychus Creek--the future Whychus Canyon Preserve--providing essential habitat for the reintroduction of threatened steelhead and Chinook salmon.
We're working feverishly to raise the funds to purchase Whychus Canyon Preserve. If we are successful, this property will help us create a steelhead stronghold for the reintroduction of native fish, while also protecting a critical migration corridor for deer and elk herds.
The Land Trust's efforts to protect Whychus Creek, along with the recent Wild and Scenic designation, will help keep this local creek healthy for wildlife and the local community.
* Since fish capture began on December 2, 2009, more than 37,000 spring Chinook smolts, 7,400 steelhead smolts, and 46,000 yearling kokanee have been marked and released into the lower Deschutes River.