Restoration highlights compiled from DFW Fisheries Restoration Grant Program publicly available information; the UC Davis Information Center for the Environment (ICE) Natural Resource Projects Inventory (NRPI); US Forest Service input; 5 Counties Salmonid Conservation project summaries; Trinity River Restoration Program website; and California Fish Passage Assessment Database (PAD). Metrics from 2000-2012 unless otherwise specified.
The charred trunk, weighing as much as 25,000 pounds, was one of 300 fire-damaged trees that the Yurok Tribe and its partners strategically placed in the South Fork of the Trinity River in an attempt to alter the current, scour out accumulated sediment and restore long-lost salmon habitat in the river. The wood placement project, is being paid for using about $800,000 in grants, with help from the Watershed and Research Training Center in Hay-fork (Trinity County), the U.S. Forest Service and local land owners. Learn more here. Photo by Scott Strazzante / The Chronicle.
In 2017, the West Weaver Creek Salmonid Habitat Rehabilitation Project was completed, restoring channel and floodplain connectivity and improving salmonid habitat along with natural creek function. Specific actions included increasing riffle pool, step pool and boulder cascades; augmenting spawning gravel; adding large wood structures and willow clumps to create habitat in channel and sediment recruitment on floodplain; and grading floodplain to raise water surface elevation and improve connectivity. Trinity County RCD partnered with CA Dept. of Water Resources, Trinity River Restoration Program, private property owners, ESA consultants and state and federal agencies. Learn more.
Deep Gulch and Sheridan Creek Channel Rehabilitation Projects, completed in fall 2017, enhances the existing habitat, increase the functional floodplain area, and protect existing high-use spawning riffles. Work included reducing the encroachment of riparian vegetation; placement of large wood material; physical alteration of alluvial features (e.g., placement or excavation of alluvial material to construct floodplains and side channels); construction of large wood hydraulic and habitat
structures; and removal or replacement of riparian and upland vegetation at strategic locations. Revegetion efforts are now ongoing. This is a Trinity River Restoration Program project, lead by the US Bureau of Reclamation and US Bureau of Land Management.