CAMP SHERMAN, Ore. (KTVZ) – Starting Thursday, Deschutes National Forest will add large logs and downed trees to the Metolius River to restore fish habitat.
The work is part of an ongoing project that began in 2008 to restore large timber in the river to improve fish habitat. Almost 1,000 trees have been placed in the river since that time.
Monitoring of the previous location of the great wood shows chinook salmon densities are increasing by a factor of 300% at project sites, officials said Tuesday.
Using heavy equipment, about 80 large logs and felled trees will be placed in the river at 20 different locations.
While equipment is operating on site, short sections of the Metolius River trails may be temporarily closed for 30 minutes at a time for public safety. Roads along the Metolius River at Camp Sherman can be up to 30 minutes late. Work is expected to continue on weekdays until September 29.
Large logs and woody debris are an important habitat feature for Bull Trout, Chinook Salmon, Red Band Trout and other salmonids.
With this next phase of the Metolius River Great Timber Restoration Project, timber will be added to previously unrestored sites to increase chinook habitat in the Metolius River. The same design measures will be used to protect the safety of boaters, such as the ban on placing logs over the channel.
The Project Leader for the Forest Service is Mike Riehle, Fish Biologist, 541-318-8389.