Whychus Canyon Preserve: Forestry and Trails Update

May 08, 2012
Whychus Canyon Preserve will soon be a hub of activity. The Land Trust just signed an agreement to begin work on a new trailhead for the Preserve and forestry work is slated to begin mid-May.

Whychus Canyon Preserve will soon be a hub of activity. The Land Trust just signed an agreement with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to begin work on a new trailhead for the Preserve. The BLM owns much of the adjacent land around the Preserve and has kindly agreed to allow a parking lot, kiosk and trails to be built on their property at the T intersection of Goodrich Road and Goodrich Lane. We'll be designing and building these things throughout the late spring/early summer and hope to provide much better access for the community very soon!

Forest restoration work at Whychus Canyon will also begin in mid-May. The Land Trust will be thinning juniper to benefit the few remaining stands of ponderosa pine and aspen on the Preserve. Chainsaws will be busy for 3-4 weeks (into early June) and then we'll come back and burn slash piles in the fall.

We will also be thinning juniper along Whychus Creek, but instead of piling the cut trees we plan to leave the entire cut juniper on the ground. These trees will be an important part of the projected 2014 Whychus Creek restoration that will occur at the Preserve. The whole trees will be used as they were at Camp Polk Meadow for floodplain roughness and in the stream as downed woody debris.

To learn more about these projects, join stewardship director Amanda Egertson for a behind-the-scenes tour on May 23!