West Fork at Redhill Habitat Enhancement Project

The West Fork Hood River with limited large wood habitat before project implementation.

The US Forest Service (USFS) and the Confederated Tribes of the Warms Springs Reservation (CTWS) completed Phase I of their West Fork Hood River at Redhill Creek Instream Habitat Enhancement Project in summer 2016.  This project will improve instream habitat for Chinook, steelhead, and coho in the West Fork Hood River from the confluence with Redhill Creek to about 0.8 miles downstream .

Large wood placement.

Phase I focused on the upper 0.4 miles of the project reach.  430 logs were placed in 21 structures and within the floodplain, 42 trees were tipped onto the log structures, and 7 side channels were opened through berm removal.

A log structure in the West Fork Hood River after large wood placement.

Funding for this project was provided by CTWS, USFS, and the Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative. Other partners included: the landowner Weyerhauser, the Hood River SWCD, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and Oregon Dept. of Forestry.

Phase II will be implemented in summer 2017.

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