Klamath River Riparian Habitat Restoration 2016

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Riparian Habitat
Project IDKaruk-2016-1
Recovery DomainsN CA - S Oregon
Start Date10/01/2017
End Date09/30/2019
Last Edited05/08/2024
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The project restored 14 acres of riparian habitat along lower Seiad Creek. Planting occurred following a large scale floodplain restoration project where flood levees were removed, new side channels were constructed. Immediately following construction grass seed was spread over the entire disturbed area along with straw and mulch. Trees and shrubs were planted in the winter and spring months following construction. Follow up monitoring occurred in 2018 and 2019 to determine is addition planting was needed. All trees and shrubs were protected by fencing and enhanced by a temporary irrigation system that will be continue to be maintained during 2019 and into 2020.

Project Benefit    

The project benefits includes replanting and establishing a riparian forest on roughly 14 acres of disturbed land within the foot print of a large scale channel re-construction project in lower Seiad Creek. The project will establish native plants and trees along the both sides of the stream channel and cover all disturbed ground. Providing shade for the stream and future woody structure for channel maintenance are the primary project benefits. Stream bank stabilization is another primary benefit of riparian planting. Other benefits include; beaver habitat enhancement by adding plant forage to their food supply and dam building materials. The landowner reported that beaver dams were common on the property prior to the channel being degraded by floods in 1997. The establishment of a healthy, self-sustaining native vegetative community throughout the project site is vital to the success of a stream habitat enhancement project. Such communities promote short-term and long-term bank stabilization, shade for cooler water, protective cover for fish, and habitat for terrestrial wildlife (birds, mammals, amphibians and macroinvertebrates). Additionally a functional riparian zone will provide woody debris recruitment in the future. A robust riparian plant community also provides greater protective cover, food sources, habitat complexity and diversity, and migration continuity for the larger ecosystem.


Metric Completed Originally
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated 1.14 1.14
  Acres Treated 14.0 14.0

Funding Details

Report Total:$40,000

Project Map



  • Worksite Identifier: 1
  • Start Date: 06/15/2017
  • End Date: 10/01/2017
Area Description
Lower Seiad Creek from the Hwy 96 bridge upstream 3000 feet on the right side of Seiad Creek Road.

Location Information

  • Basin: Klamath (180102)
  • Subbasin: Upper Klamath (18010206)
  • Watershed: Seiad Creek-Klamath River (1801020611)
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: California
  • Recovery Domain: N CA - S Oregon
  • Latitude: 41.84495440862854
  • Longitude: -123.19318056106317


  • Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Coho Salmon ESU
  • Upper Klamath / Trinity Rivers Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Klamath Mountains Province Steelhead DPS




  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 40,000.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected 1.14
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      SONC Coho Recovery Plan, 2014 by NOAA Fisheries
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.3
      Monitoring text (from Phase I)
      An on site engineer will monitor project implementation of project design elements. The riparian re-vegetation and planting monitoring will include inventor of live or dead trees one year after planting and follow up replanting for up to five years after project construction. Planting will follow current design and engineering standards described in the final design.
    •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.5.a Riparian Habitat Funding 40,000.00
      •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated 1.14
      •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated 14.0
      •      . . . . C.5.c.1 Riparian plantingY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.5.c.2
          Species of plants planted in riparian
          California black oak (Quercus kelloggii) ¦ Big leaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) ¦ Jeffrey pine (Pinus jeffreyi) ¦ Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) ¦ Sandbar willow (Salix interior) ¦ Pacific willow (Salix lucida) ¦ Peachleaf willow (Salix amygdaloides) ¦ Black cottonwood (Populus balsamifera) ¦ California (White) alder (Alnus rhombifolia) ¦ Oregon ash (Fraxinus latifolia) ¦ Sandbar willow (Salix interior) ¦ Pacific willow (Salix lucida) ¦ Peachleaf willow (Salix amygdaloides) ¦ Black cottonwood (Populus balsamifera) ¦ Bulrush (Scirpus spp.) ¦ Sedge (Carex spp.)
        •      . . . . . . C.5.c.3 Acres planted in riparian 14.0
        •      . . . . . . C.5.c.4 Miles of streambank treated with riparian planting 1.14