West Fork Cow Creek Watershed Action Plan

West Fork Cow Creek Watershed Action Plan

West Fork Cow Creek Watershed Action Plan

We worked with the Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers (PUR) and PUR stakeholders in 2016 to develop a habitat restoration plan for the West Fork Cow Creek Watershed, a small remote, watershed in southwestern Oregon. The PUR is a nonprofit, non-governmental 501(c)(3) watershed council, and active project partners included the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The focus of the Watershed Action Plan is to direct restoration project funding to recover or restore native fish populations. In addition to West Fork Cow Creek, the watershed includes a number of fish-bearing streams, many of which support Coho Salmon listed under the Endangered Species Act. Steps for developing the plan included:

  1. Holding a workshop with partners in spring 2016 to construct a framework for scoring and ranking potential restoration projects,
  2. Collecting information on current habitat and fish presence throughout the watershed to inform scoring,
  3. Working with partners to develop a list of potential restoration projects throughout the watershed, and held workshops with partners in fall 2016 to utilize all available information to score projects. Participants then placed each project into one of three prioritization tiers based on the distribution of final scores.

This project serves as an example of how a collaborative effort among public and private entities can lead to restoration of habitat for native fish species.

West Fork Cow Creek Watershed Action Plan
Client
Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Location

West Fork Cow Creek Watershed, OR
United States