Wood is Good!

Restoration logs off-loading

Early morning off loading of logs donated by John Bower

This summer we’ve enhanced in-stream salmonid habitat in collaboration with Gualala Redwoods, Inc. and the California State Department of Fish & Wildlife.

It’s been a six-month whirlwind, in an incredibly tight time-frame, but we managed to finish placing an additional 174,047 board feet of large wood in tributaries to the North Fork Gualala River. That’s about 35 logging and dump truck loads of logs and rootwads.

Since 2001 our Wood In the Stream Program we have placed over 111 truckloads of large wood into tributaries of the Gualala River.

Why wood?

Project wood

Log jam created in the Little North Fork

By placing large wood in Gualala River streams we create the diverse habitat that is necessary for the survival of salmonid populations in the watershed.

Large wood provides the needed structure that will increase scour during high stream flows creating more, deeper and cooler pools.

Large wood provides shelter from predators and a refugia from high flows during storm events.

Large wood develops complex flow patterns that sort stream bed sediment.

Large wood benefits all life stages of salmonids.

Many thanks to all that participated.

Placing wood in streams

Using a rubber tired skidder and loader to place a digger log

Logs and root-wads donated by Gualala Redwoods, Inc., The Bower Family and Bill Hay of Gualala Aggregates. Funding for this project was provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program.

Darrell Rogers owner of Rogers and Son Forest Products provided the equipment along with Johnny Holmes and Tim Campbell, who are the best rubber tired skidder and loader drivers in the watershed.