Logging for fish

Crews topple trees to preserve river life along the Upper Calapooia


August 10, 2022

Benny Westcott

Stream restoration team members, from left, Cris Salazar, Mark Villers and Collin McCandless inspect work done after trees were toppled into the Upper Calapooia River. Below, a truck carries a large winch used to pull trees into the stream.

Many river goers see fallen trees as a nuisance. But for juvenile winter steelhead, toppled timber can be a welcome addition to the aquatic ecosystem.

USDA Forest Service District fish biologist and hydrologist Lance Gatchell knows this. That's why this month he helped spearhead a project to down 10 Douglas fir trees into a half-mile stretch of the Upper Calapooia River.

He's lent his expertise to three similar undertakings over the last decade and a half, in Moose, Canyon and Soda Fork creeks. The purpose of this project, like the others, is to restore the stream ecosystem.

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