Located twenty miles east of Portland, Oregon, and the northern Willamette River valley, the Mt. Hood National Forest extends south from the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge across more than a million acres of forested mountains, lakes and streams. At its heart lies the imposing figure of Mt. Hood, Oregon's highest peak at 11,240 feet, defining the Portland skyline and home to several wilderness areas. A dormant volcano with 11 active glaciers, snow covered Mt. Hood emcompasses forested slopes and alpine meadows and is the source of numerous rivers with populations of anadromous fish. The Mt. Hood Wilderness follows river drainages to lower elevations, concealing waterfalls and valleys that support an understory of Oregon grape, salal, rhododendron, huckleberries, and an overstory of towering cedars and other moss-covered conifers.
Our service project is our continuing work with the Mt. Hood NF Fisheries Biology team on salmon habitat restoration and recovery along Still Creek and the Salmon River. These are important spawning grounds for coho salmon and steelhead trout. This ongoing work project is supported by the U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife. We'll spend the week working on stream banks restoring riparian habitat, wetlands and streamside vegetation by planting native Red cedar, and removing illegal campsites and fire rings as they are encountered and improving those that are legal. Opportunities abound for day hiking to area waterfalls and taking in the sites of this classic Pacific Northwest temperate rainforest. Our base camp for the week will be in tents and nearby cars at an established campground in the unincorporated community of Zigzag along the Salmon River from which we'll make daily short drives to our project site each day. This project is suitable for beginners to car camping and service work who are in good shape.
This project is rated as a active project.
Check out more photos from the 2015 Mt. Hood project in our gallery.
Sep 10th - Sep 16th 2017
Salmon habitat restoration, campsite naturalization and restoration
Exploring Still Creek (witnessing spawning salmon) and Mt. Hood area, photography, relaxing
Tent camping near cars
Active : Bending, digging, hauling, lifting, kneeling, planting