Whychus Creek: new protections in the works

Jul 07, 2010
Recent Wild and Scenic designation along with the Land Trust's work to protect land along the creek will provide a new level of protections.

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.* 

For the last fifteen years, the Land Trust has successfully conserved several properties along Whychus Creek including Camp Polk Meadow Preserve and Rimrock Ranch.

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.