Tamara Quays Tidal Marsh Restoration Project


Tamara Quays restoration

Tamara Quays is the site of a former trailer park located in the Salmon River estuary, west of the intersection of Highway 101 and Highway 18.  The Siuslaw National Forest purchased the site and worked with SDCWC, from 2007 through 2009, to restore Tamara Quays to a more natural state.

Restoration efforts included removal of all trailer park infrastructure, decommissioning of a large septic tank and other utility vaults, replacement of two undersized culverts on Rowdy Creek, eradication of invasive plants, native plant establishment, dam and dike removal, and filling of artificial ditches. In the summer of 2009, the partners completed the dike removal to restore salt water and estuarine influence.

Large wood has been placed where a former meander was cut off to form Kingfisher Lake, helping Rowdy Creek to return to its natural sinuous state as it transitions to the estuary.

Work at Tamara Quays has been supported by many partners, including the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, US Forest Service, the National Forest Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of State Lands, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Though most of the restoration work is done, invasive plants at the site must continue to be managed to ensure the re-establishment of native trees and shrubs and long-term success of the project.

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