Cispus-Yellowjacket Phase 3 Restoration

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Instream Habitat Riparian Habitat
Project IDCispus-Yellowjacket 3
Recovery DomainsWillamette R. - Lower Columbia
Start Date07/01/2019
End Date12/31/2022
Last Edited08/27/2020
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The Cowlitz Indian Tribe, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, proposes to restore salmon and steelhead habitat by building 18 in-stream structures in 1,900 lineal feet of the main stem Cispus River and Yellowjacket Creek to scour pools, sort gravels, support floodplain forest succession, and provide cover for adult and juvenile fish. The main stem structures will be positioned to form and maintain a multi-thread channel planform in the depositional mouth of Yellowjacket Creek throughout a range of flows, providing rearing habitat for spring Chinook, winter steelhead, and coho. Tribe staff or partners will plant locally adapted native trees and shrubs to accelerate riparian restoration along disturbed areas and new channels. The project site is located south of Randle, Washington, in eastern Lewis County, adjacent to the Cispus Learning Center, and outdoor education facility that hosts kindergarten through 12th-grade students year-round. The funding for this project is being provided by Tacoma Power (prospective as of PCSRF grant acceptance), PCSRF, and the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office using PCSRF or PCSRF-matched state funds. To prevent double-counting, the metrics are being roughly halved between the PCSRF and PRISM databases. Anticipated PCSRF metrics include nine structures in 950 lineal feet of main stem Cispus and Yellowjacket creek.

Project Benefit    

The Cispus-Yellowjacket Phase 3 Restoration project includes actions that will alter physical habitat conditions to form a resilient, forested floodplain island network, increase side channel habitat, improve instream habitat diversity, increase wood loading, increase pool area and residual depth, generally increasing the quantity and quality of holding, spawning, and rearing habitat throughout the project reach. We expect these changes to drive biological outcomes including increased spawning success and improved juvenile survival rates for listed salmon and steelhead populations.

Contractors will install 18 large engineered logjams in the main stem Cispus River and Yellowjacket Creek. These logjams replicate conditions expected in unmanaged watersheds, restoring habitat-forming processes at the site scale. This will provide cool, shaded rearing habitat for juvenile salmon and steelhead year-round.

Since the Cispus is now relatively protected by Forest Service management, we anticipate progressive improvement in habitat-forming processes over time. Left alone, however, this reach would require hundreds of years to regain its structure and function. This project will jumpstart the recovery process, providing the stream channel structure lost through over a century of human interference.


Metric Completed Originally
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .18
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .36
  Acres Treated 6.6

Funding Details

Report Total:$599,828

Project Map



  • Worksite Identifier: Cispus-Yellowjacket
  • Start Date: 07/01/2019
  • End Date: 12/31/2022
Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Lower Columbia
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed: 170800040403
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Willamette R. - Lower Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.442815685
  • Longitude: -121.843643188


  • Lower Columbia River Coho Salmon ESU
  • Lower Columbia River Steelhead DPS
  • Lower Columbia River Chinook Salmon ESU




  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding .00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.4 Instream Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.4.a Instream Habitat Funding
      •      . . . . C.4.b Total length of instream habitat treated
      •      . . . . C.4.d.1 Channel structure placementY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.2 Material used for channel structure (LOV)
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.3 Miles of stream treated through channel structure placement
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.5 Pools expected to be created through channel structure placement
        •      . . . . . . C.4.d.7 Number of structures placed in channel
      •      . . C.5 Riparian Habitat ProjectY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . C.5.a Riparian Habitat Funding
        •      . . . . C.5.b.1 Total riparian miles streambank treated
        •      . . . . C.5.b.2 Total Riparian Acres Treated
        •      . . . . C.5.c.1 Riparian plantingY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.2
            Species of plants planted in riparian
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.3 Acres planted in riparian
          •      . . . . . . C.5.c.4 Miles of streambank treated with riparian planting