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Storm Salvaged Logs Help Streams

The MidCoast Watersheds Council (MCWC) would like to remind you that a downed fir, spruce or cedar tree in your yard can be much more than firewood and a big headache!

Through a grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) the MCWC can utilize downed trees through our “Salvage Log” program, and put them into good use creating salmon habitat in projects throughout the region. If possible, don’t break out the chainsaw just yet!  To be used in a project, the tree needs to be of a decent length, at least 25-30 feet long; the longer the better! 

If we can transport it, we’d love trees with root wads as these help anchor the tree in place in the stream. With grant funds, we are able to hire a local contractor and/or self-loading log truck to pick up the downed tree and transport it directly to a project site, or one of our regional log storage locations for later use. We are also able to provide the landowner with a tax-deductible receipt for the value of the log itself.

Salmon streams used to have a lot more large wood in them.  Large wood provides cover for juvenile fish, helps slow water and collect spawning gravel, and creates deeper pools.  The trees that we are seeking (red cedar, Douglas fir and Sitka spruce) last longer when placed instream in Large Woody Debris projects than hemlock, shore pine, or hardwood species. Don’t know what species of tree it is?

We can come take a look and let you know if we would be interested in using it for a project. Some of these other species can be utilized for other purposes, such as floodplain placement, where their relatively quick decomposition makes them great for creating nurse logs for new trees to grow on.

For more information, or to set up a visit to assess a downed tree, please contact MCWC Restoration Specialist Evan Hayduk- (541) 265-9195 or evan@midcoastwatershedscouncil.org.

Information and photo provided by MCWC

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