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These are all of the news releases posted on May 25, 2011.
Restoration of Fahys Creek to be Expanded
Delay in completing the undergrounding of the transmission lines under the Coquille River and floodplain last summer forced us move the completion of the tidal marsh restoration project to this summer. Initially a disappointment, the delay has allowed us to expand the restoration work for coho salmon and sea-run coastal cutthroat trout. Working with the USFWS's Coastal Program, ODFW, and Ducks Unlimited, the restoration of Fahys Creek is being extended onto private lands west of Highway 101. A step-pool structure will be built at the culvert outlet on the east side of the highway to allow salmonid passage under the highway and up Fahys Creek. The current 36" fall and plunge pool is a barrier to fish passage and blocks movement upstream. West of the highway the stream channel will be redirected back to the natural historic channel and away from an artificially constructed portion of the creek. This will allow fish passage from the Coquille River, all the way up to and past Fahys Lake.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:58 AM in Category: Ni-les'tun Tidal Marsh Restoration Project

Restoration at the Former Cranberry Bogs
Earlier this spring, the 10-acre former cranberry bogs on the Anaflor Smith tract of the refuge was replanted with native vegetation to begin restoring the area to forested wetland and riparian habitat. A contract crew working for Ducks Unlimited planted 1,227 trees and 10,130 shrubs in this area. A beaver exclusion fence was erected by refuge staff adjacent to the newly constructed stream channel through the former bogs to prevent beaver from feeding on and destroying newly planted streamside vegetation. Beaver have already begun impounding the stream channel at the south end of the former bogs creating good pool habitat for wood ducks, shorebirds, fish and amphibians. Fisheries biologists with the USFWS Columbia River Fisheries Program Office have been conducting pre-restoration monitoring and have found juvenile coho salmon present throughout the stream channels and sloughs constructed last year even though the outer dike and water control structures are still in place.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:57 AM in Category: Ni-les'tun Tidal Marsh Restoration Project
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