Biodiversity on Drift Creek
Photo courtesy of Conrad Gowell
Drift Creek, a tributary to the Siletz basin, provides important spawning and rearing habitat for native salmonids and contains populations of chinook and coho salmon, winter steelhead and cutthroat trout. Populations of these and other species have been significantly reduced over the past 60 years, as a result of timber harvest, road construction and other activities.
In 2009, SDCWC participated in an extensive large wood placement project in Drift Creek and one of its tributaries, Sampson Creek. SDCWC has also been involved in multiple riparian planting projects in the Drift Creek basin.
To learn about current research on the biodiversity of Drift Creek, see this article.