Tenmile Creek: A Restoration Story, October 7 at Cape Perpetua

Contact(s): Lisa Romano, Brian Hoeh

Yachats, OR – Chris Lorion, fisheries biologist with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, will present results from a long-term fish population and stream habitat monitoring project on Friday, Oct 7, at 4:00pm at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. He will be discussing trends in salmon and steelhead populations in Tenmile Creek over the past 25 years and how they were affected by a large restoration project in 1996.

The Tenmile Creek watershed encompasses approximately 15,000 acres on the central Oregon Coast. The watershed is unique in its location, placed between the Cummins and Rock Creek wilderness areas. Steelhead and cutthroat trout, coho and chinook salmon, pacific lamprey, eulachon (smelt), and four species of cottids are known to live in the Tenmile basin.

In the early 1990s, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the local community, and the Siuslaw National Forest developed a partnership that grew into a basin-wide protection and restoration program, which eventually led to a national award in 2005. The 1996 restoration project included not only helicopter placement of a large amount of wood in Tenmile Creek, but land acquisition, road decommissioning, and riparian restoration.  Chris will talk about how wood abundance has changed over time and what this means for fish habitat and steelhead and coho populations in the basin.

Chris Lorion is the Assistant Project Leader for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Salmonid Life Cycle Monitoring Project.