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Fiddle and Billy Moore Creeks Riparian Enhancement, Phase 1

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Siuslaw Soil & Water Conservation District

Project Overview

After riparian treatmentBefore riparian treatment
After riparian treatment and fencingBefore riparian treatment and fencing 

The project is located at the confluence of Fiddle Creek and the tributary Billy Moore Creek in the Siltcoos Lake watershed just south of Florence, OR. The watershed supports healthy populations of both Coastal Cutthroat Trout and Steelhead, but is renowned for having one of the healthiest native coho salmon runs in the state. Fiddle Creek has been a focus area of the Soil and Water Conservation District due to its significant contributions to local agriculture as well as the use of Siltcoos Lake as a municipal drinking water source for Dunes City, a neighboring town on the shores of the lake.

The Scott family have owned and lived on the property since the early 1900's, managing it for forestry and agriculture. Since 1993 they have been engaged in conservation and have multiple enrollments in both the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). This effort complements the success of their conservation easements and allows the family to maintain productivity of their working lands.

This project, implemented in 2017-18, had numerous elements designed to improve aquatic and riparian habitat:

  • Fish passage to 2 miles of high quality habitat on Billy Moore Creek was restored by replacing an undersized, problematic culvert with a bridge.
  • Large wood was placed in a half mile of Billy Moore Creek to improve habitat complexity for fish.
  • Riparian buffers of native trees and shrubs were established along Billy Moore and Fiddle Creeks.
  • Over a mile of wildlife friendly livestock exclusion fence was constructed to help improve water quality.

In just 1 year after construction, coho salmon were observed returning to the site and utilizing the new instream habitat.

Pairs of photos show before and after treatment and fencing.

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