In 2011, SDCWC and the US Forest Service engaged in a cooperative effort to finalize plans to restore watershed function and habitat in the lower Crowley Creek drainage and associated portion of the Salmon River estuary.
The goal is to permanently protect the estuarine system from ocean to head of tide, restore ecological function and intertidal wetland habitat for shorebirds and other estuarine-dependent birds, and enhance estuarine rearing habitat for Chinook, coho and chum salmon.
In early 2012, project partners completed the Crowley Creek restoration plan, setting the stage for extensive work that will begin in the Summer of 2012.
Project components include the removal of dikes and fills that restrict the movement of tidal flows into Crowley Creek and associated wetlands, filling of a drainage ditch that accelerates removal of groundwater from the salt marsh, replacement of an undersized culvert, eradication of invasive plant species from wetland and riparian areas, and planting of native riparian vegetation.
In the Spring and Fall of 2007, SDCWC participated with the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in a project to plant over 400 native trees and shrubs in the riparian area of Crowley Creek. The plantings have been maintained by Career Tech High Natural Resources Crew, volunteers, and SDCWC's fisher crew.