Non-Estuary Partnership Projects
Habitat Restoration projects which are conducted by local restoration partners, and which no funds are contributed by the Estuary Partnership. Major restoration partners include CREST, the Columbia Land Trust, Ash Creek Forest Management, Scappoose Bay Watershed Council, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, Washington and Oregon states, as well as several others. The Partnership attempts to maintain relevant information for these projects, however much of the project details still need to be acquired. For more detailed information about Habitat Restoration in the Lower Columbia River and Estuary, visit the Partnership's Habitat Restoration web page at http://www.lcrep.org/habitat-restoration.
Cowlitz Conservation District provided guidance to the Cowlitz Co Correction crew to conduct site prep, planting, maintenance activities necessary to establish woody riparian vegetation on conservation easements and WDFW managed land in the Abernathy Cr. watershed. 6 non-industrial private ownerships encompassing 25 acres of riparian area was placed under conservation easement by Cowlitz Co and had riparian buffers established through this grant. An additional 10 acres of riparian buffer was established on WDFW managed lands.
This project installs woody debris to create roughness along these stream banks and allow the riparian vegetation to establish and provide its intended function. Approximately 5,000 feet of stream through the easement area is contiguous riffle complex or bed rock substrate with very little habitat diversity. The project installs woody debris throughout these reaches to increase habitat diversity. This will compliment the effort already underway that establishes riparian vegetation that will provide long term woody debris recruitment.
Restoration at the Deep River site is part of the Columbia Land Trust and other conservation partner's larger Gray's Bay Conservation Effort, which began in 2003. The Estuary Partnership has supported this effort by providing funding for acquisition, restoration and monitoring at various sites. A majority of the initial work has now been completed; on-going maintenance and monitoring will continue for many years. Overall, the Grays Bay project set out to accomplish the following goals: