River basin council receives grant funds for habitat work along the Clackamas River

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: CLACKAMAS RIVER BASIN COUNCIL - Native plants will soon be planted in this area.

The Clackamas River Basin Council's restoration projects this year focus on the North Fork of the Clackamas River and the Clear Creek North Natural Area.

The projects create habitat for fish spawning and rearing.

The council received $267,000 in grant money from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board for the work.

The work at Clear Creek begins in June and is expected to conclude in December 2020. The area, a priority tributary in the Clackamas River Basin and located in Carver, is used by 11 fish species, including fall Chinook, winter steelhead and late-run coho. The project focuses on restoring the area through wood placement, floodplain expansion and improved access to off-channel habitats, and the work will result in complex habitats that will be valuable for spawning, refugia and rearing.

The work at the Clackamas River's North Fork will begin in April and will likely be completed in December 2021. The area is located northeast of Estacada city limits on federally managed Bureau of Land Management Property.

As a result of the harvest of trees and removal of large pieces of wood, habitat for salmon and steelhead in the area has been degraded.

The council's work will restore much of this habitat and provide additional forest canopy and floodplain vegetation.

Primary sources for funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board comes from the Oregon Lottery, Oregon salmon licence plate revenues and Federal Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery funds from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration.

Members of the Clackamas River Basin Council team are thankful for the partnerships and funding.

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