Ernest Creek LWD and Riparian Restoration

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Instream Habitat Riparian Habitat
Project IDOWEB 218-1017-15956
Recovery DomainsOregon Coast
Start Date04/24/2018
End Date10/31/2023
Last Edited07/21/2022
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This project is located on the Thyme Garden property on Ernest Creek, a tributary of Crooked Creek in the Alsea River watershed which provides habitat for coho and Chinook salmon, cutthroat and steelhead trout, and lamprey species. Current wood loading on the stream is significantly below ODFW benchmark values, and as a result the creek has reduced complexity, floodplain connectivity, and increased channel incision. This project will improve stream complexity and riparian and aquatic habitat conditions by adding large woody debris and planting conifer species.

The project site was the subject of a previous OWEB restoration grant funded in 2002, which restored Ernest Creek into its historical channel. Once returned, the stream did not encounter legacy large woody debris in the historical channel as anticipated and has subsequently experienced channel incision. This project adds a total of 16 large wood structures on 0.7 miles of Ernest Creek in order to increase habitat complexity and floodplain connectivity, and plants conifers on two acres of riparian habitat to increase potential for long term large wood recruitment. Project partners are Thyme Garden, another local landowner, Georgia Pacific, Northwest Oregon Restoration Partnership, and Bio-surveys LLC.

PCSRF FFY 2017 funds and in-kind contributions will be used on project costs incurred during the PCSRF FFY 2017 contract award period. PCSRF FFY 2021 funds will be used to complete the project.

Project Benefit    

The proposed restoration project will benefit salmon and steelhead by improving the quality and quantity of spawning and rearing habitat. LWD will capture and sort bedload, increasing spawning gravel area in the stream.
The structures themselves will also provide protection and cover for juvenile salmon and steelhead. Furthermore, the LWD structures will increase connectivity to the adjacent floodplain and create off-channel rearing habitat during high flows in fall, winter and spring. Finally, the LWD structures will collect and store organic material, forming the base of an aquatic food web that results in robust, well-fed juvenile salmon and steelhead.


Metric Completed Originally
Instream Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated .70
Riparian Habitat
  Stream Miles Treated 1.40
  Acres Treated 2.0

Funding Details

In-Kind Donated Labor$900
In-Kind Other$23,930
Report Total:$77,413

Project Map



  • Worksite Identifier: 15956
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Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Northern Oregon Coastal
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  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Oregon Coast
  • Latitude: 44.42300269
  • Longitude: -123.53851861


  • Oregon Coast Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Oregon Coast Coho Salmon ESU
  • Oregon Coast Steelhead DPS




  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding
    •      . . 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.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.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)