Upper Gales Creek Large Wood Placement
September 2010 to March 2012
Fish Habitat Improvement
This project occurred on two upper Gales Creek main stem reaches near its confluence with the North Fork Gales Creek. These stream reaches lacked channel complexity that provides spawning and rearing habitat for native fish.
Over 170 whole trees were placed in selected areas to create pools and smaller additional channels. These will provide refugia areas for native fish and help retain gravels in this area of the stream system.
Six months following the large wood placement, native conifers were planted in riparian and uplands areas dis-turbed by the heavy equipment used to place the whole trees in the stream.