Lots of preparation is currently underway to get ready to restore the northernmost mile of Whychus Creek at Whychus Canyon Preserve this summer. Highlights include:
- Growing plants: We've contracted with Clearwater Native Plant nursery to grow the 60,000 native plants that will be planted this October as part of the project. Stay tuned for how you can help with the plantings!
- Prepping the restoration area: volunteers recently helped collect old barb wire fencing that was left in the meadow and along the creek. This should help keep machinery running smoothly! We have also been actively managing our weed populations (knapweed and medusahead) along roads and in the floodplain. This will hopefully limit the chance of spreading these weeds to new places during the restoration.
- Moving power poles: There is a series of power poles and lines in the floodplain and restoration area. Lots of prep work is underway to move these to a more suitable location. Major thanks to our neighbors at the Preserve who have been sooo patient with the process!
- Stockpiling more trees: We collect full sized trees, some with root balls still intact, to slow waters on the floodplain, help stabilize stream banks, and create log jams in the stream to provide habitat for fish. The project will require around 1000 of these trees.
Stay tuned for lots more news on this project as the restoration proceeds. In the meantime, learn more about the restoration.