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Pacific Marine and Estuarine Partnership to Support Three West Coast Restoration and Assessment Projects
7/8/2015
Credit:
National Fish Habitat Partnership - Grassroots | Science based | Partner driven
Sullivan Gulch Bottomland Restoration Project - http://www.pacificfishhabitat.org/2015---sullivan-gulch-bottomland-resto...
This grant will:
(1) Restore consistent seasonal fish passage between the Sixes River and the 200 acres of wetland located upstream of the Cape Blanco access road.
(2) Enhance and restore fish and wildlife habitat within the project area.
(3) Maintain the existing hydrologic conditions in the wetlands upstream of the road.
(4) Minimize impacts to the McKenzie's livestock operation.
To achieve these goals, the project will:
Construct fish passage and grade control that provides upstream juvenile fish migration at winter base flow and greater discharge, minimizes the risk that future beaver dams will create barriers, and stabilizes hydrologic conditions upstream of the Cape Blanco road.
Increase and enhance instream habitat by restoring channel morphology, installing log structures, and revegetating the riparian zone.
Increase off-channel open water habitat and near-shore wetlands for fish rearing, waterfowl and shorebirds, amphibians, and plant diversity.
Preserve the existing riverine oxbow.
Revegetate the project area with native herbaceous and woody species to increase wildlife habitat (especially for migratory songbirds) and to limit invasive weeds.
Preserve and enhance quality pasture for livestock production.

Southern Flow Corridor Project - http://www.pacificfishhabitat.org/2015---southern-flow-corridor-project
This grant will support a project that will restore tidal wetland habitats, a key impediment to species recovery in Tillamook Bay, where almost 90% of the estuaries' tidal wetlands have been lost to agricultural and urban/residential development. Lack of available tidal wetland habitats has been identified as a key impediment to species recovery both in Tillamook Bay and across the coho Evolutionary Significant Unit.

Working with a diverse set of partners, Tillamook County proposes to permanently protect and restore 519 acres of tidal wetland habitats at the confluence of the Bay's two most productive salmon systems, the Wilson and Trask Rivers. Representing 10% of the watershed's historic tidal acreage and a far greater percentage of the "restorable" tidal lands, the project site contains an expansive mosaic of tidal wetlands, disconnected freshwater wetlands, and drained pasture lands. By delivering full tidal inundation to 519 acres of restored marsh and wetland fringe habitats, this project directly addresses the loss and simplification of estuarine rearing habitat for the five native salmonid species. Coupled with the re-creation of 14 miles of high quality off-channel areas on-site, this project represents a crown jewel of tidal wetlands conservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest.

Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Fish Assemblages in Tidal Estuarine Habitats in the South Slough and Coos Estuary -
http://www.pacificfishhabitat.org/2015---spatial-and-temporal-analysis-o...
This grant will support a project that will characterize the temporal and spatial patterns of fish assemblages in the Coos estuary. This will be accomplished through three interrelated fish research projects. Broad-scale trends will be assessed using long-term fish sampling datasets throughout the Coos estuary.

Trends in fish assemblages will be related to environmental conditions over two sampling years. Seasonal sampling at locations in the upper region of the Coos estuary will allow for spatial comparisons between fish communities in two distinct regions of the estuary. This project will help support PMEP's West Coast-wide nursery assessment work.

For more information, visit: http://www.pacificfishhabitat.org/