Greasy Creek Riparian Planting
Stream temperatures in lower mainstem Greasy Creek limit summer rearing habitat for salmonids. Riparian planting within the Greasy Creek sub basin aims to lower summer stream temperatures over time as the trees grow to shade the creek and create a localized microclimate. There is also a deficiency of conifers to provide a long-lived source of woody debris to the stream. Beaver are present on Greasy Creek, so wire caging is needed to protect the newly planted trees from beaver browse.
From 2011 through early 2015, sixteen landowners have worked with the Council to plant native trees and shrubs on 17 acres of land along 2.7 miles of Greasy Creek and its tributaries.
Support for this project was provided by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Coast Range Stewardship Fund and Meyer Memorial Trust.