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Project, which will take place over the next three weeks, will focus on area near summit

PHOTO COURTESY OF OCHOCO NATIONAL FOREST
 - The Ochoco National Forest is restarting work on Deep Creek (above) to improve fish habitat. The creek is a tributary of the North Fork of the Crooked River. The Ochoco National Forest Thursday announced that work to restore sections of Deep Creek will continue over the next three weeks, building on project work that took place last year in the same area.

The Paulina Ranger District of the Ochoco National Forest plans to begin phase two of the stream restoration starting Monday, July 22, and continuing through Friday, August 9. Work will take place near Deep Creek Campground, about 3 miles east of Big Summit Prairie on Forest Service Road 42.

The public may see excavators and dump trucks working in the vicinity of the campground during this time, but there are no road or campsite closures associated with the project.

Deep Creek is a tributary of the North Fork Crooked River and remains a genetic stronghold for native redband trout within the Crooked River Basin. The watershed is classified as "Functioning at Risk" by a Forest Service analysis due to past land management practices that bermed the channels and reduced vegetative cover.

The Lower Deep Creek Restoration Project will improve spawning habitat for redband trout by reconnecting the channel to its historic floodplain and adding large woody debris to increase shade and complexity. Similar work has taken place in recent years on sections of McKay, Trout and Auger Creeks.

The project is undertaken in partnership with Trout Unlimited, and with grant support from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

Work will follow the design criteria authorized in the 2016 Decision Memo for the Lower Deep Creek Restoration Project.

According to an Ochoco National Forest release, the treated areas will look very different immediately following implementation, but the long-term result will be healthier, greener riparian areas and improved spawning habitat along Deep Creek.


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