CFC Volunteer Trips - 14) Enhancing Salmon and Lamprey Habitats along Stump Creek


Project: Enhancing Salmon and Lamprey Habitats along Stump Creek


Date: September 7-8, 2024 (10:30 am Saturday - 3:00 pm Sunday)


Location: Just west of Mt. St. Helens 


Trip leader: Amanda Keasberry 


Trip description: On this trip, we will be visiting previously constructed instream structures along Stump Creek, determining which areas could use more branches and woody debris, and strategically adding these materials to enhance benefits for fish and amphibians. Volunteers will employ “low-tech restoration” techniques using sustainably sourced trees and branches. These structures will increase stream complexity, attenuate flows, and create deep pools—all of which are valuable and much-needed habitat improvements! In addition to the direct benefits we hope to see, these kinds of projects are also intended to help beavers re-establish themselves in these landscapes by creating anchor points that will attract them, offer protection from predation, and help them establish local populations so that they can extend the positive aquatic impacts far into the future.

Task: Using handsaws, loppers, and clippers to gather natural material and then placing them in the stream to enhance current instream structures that were built in 2022 & 2023


Trip difficulty: 5 out of 5 || This trip entails full days of physical labor near and in creeks and ponds. Getting into shallow water will be required for this trip. Volunteers are encouraged to work at a comfortable pace.


What you need: Rubber boots (we have extra!), rain gear, sun protection, day pack with food/water and other essentials, and camping gear (detailed list sent via email)


Gear provided: Hand tools, hard hats, gloves, safety goggles 


Lodging: Dispersed camping at Stump Creek (no bathroom, no running water)

Schedule Summary

This activity occurs between Saturday, September 07, 2024 and Sunday, September 08, 2024