Salmon Snapshots

Ten Mile River

Restoration Highlights

    • 1 fish passage barrier removed
    • 11 mile of stream made accessible to fish
    • 303 large woody debris sites added for instream habitat
    • 32 miles of instream habitat restored
    • 2,500 native plantings added
    • 7 miles of roads decommissioned or upgraded to reduce sediment loading to streams
    • 9,500 cubic yards of sediment prevented from reaching streams
    • 12 stream crossings removed or upgraded

    Restoration Organizations

    Local Restoration Groups

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    Other Participants and Agencies

    Priority Restoration Actions

    • Promote restoration projects designed to create or restore alcove, backchannel, ephemeral tributary, or seasonal pond habitats
    • Promote restoration projects designed to create or restore complex habitat features
    • Retain, recruit and actively input large wood into stream

    See all National Marine Fisheries Service Recovery Plan restoration actions at



    Data compiled from DFW Fisheries Restoration Grant Program publicly available information; California Fish Passage Assessment Database (PAD); Trout Unlimited project reports; Blencowe Forest Management metric summaries; and the UC Davis Information Center for the Environment (ICE) Natural Resource Projects Inventory (NRPI). Metrics from 2000-2012 unless otherwise specified.

    Priority Restoration Actions are the Priority 1 Immediate Restoration Actions listed in the Final Recovery Plan for Central California Coast Coho Salmon Evolutionarily Significant Unit 




    Work is nearly complete on a project to create a more salmon-friendly environment on the South Fork of the Ten Mile River. Four sections of the South Fork have been outfitted with engineered log jams, with a seasonal pond built south of the river to capture rainwater. These attributes are designed to mimic historic flows and give young salmon places to shelter as they reach maturity. California Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program contributed $1.7 million for this project in 2015. The S. L. Gimbel Foundation provided an additional $1 million. Construction of the log jams required the contractor, Wylatti Resource Management, harvested trees, sharpened them like pencils and then used a vibrating plate mounted on a bulldozer to push them 15 to 20 feet below ground at various angles. Samara Restorations of McKinleyville has started replanting areas disturbed during construction with local willows, alders, ash and maple trees as well as two dozen types of shrubs, vines and grasses. Trout Unlimited is tasked with designing the monitoring program. Landscape Architect Mike Jensen explains the purpose of the hammerhead tree and how the water will flow to enter the salmon feeding pond during heavy rains. Fort Bragg Advocate-News. Learn more here 

    In September 2016, Trout Unlimited in coordination with the Lyme Redwood Timber Company, the Nature Conservancy, and Blencowe Watershed Management designed and installed instream 13 large streamside conifers with their rootmasses intact. To implement this pilot project, an excavator and bulldozer were used to uproot and topple large conifers (mostly redwood) into the channel within the existing 10 mile South Fork Ten Mile project area.  © Trout Unlimited

    The rootmasses will act as anchors or “key jams” in the system by retaining loose logs that can become mobile during high streamflow events. The objective of the project is to create a series of stabilization sites that will recruit previously implemented project wood, while creating additional elements of structural complexity.  © Trout Unlimited

    The Ten Mile River estuary is one of the least developed estuaries along the North Coast with intact, extensive, and functioning estuarine, wetland, and riparian habitat. Restoration of degraded floodplain habitat and demonstration of sustainable grazing is ongoing. Read more © Margaret & Cary Perry