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Kilchis Estuary Restoration Project: from planning through construction and planting

Published on April 10, 2018 7:34AM

Dick Vander Schaaf

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Dick Vander Schaaf

How do you restore tidal channels and wetland habitat in floodplain areas that have historically been diked and disconnected? Join Lower Nehalem Watershed Council for a presentation on the Kilchis Estuary Restoration Project with Dick Vander Schaaf, associate director of the Coast and Marine Conservation Program for the Nature Conservancy.

The council continues its speakers series on April 12 by exploring the process of restoring critical habitat for native salmon in Tillamook Bay.

The conservancy purchased a former dairy farm in 2010 on the lower Kilchis River with the intention to restore the tidal wetland habitats that once dominated the site. The conservancy utilized hydrologic modeling to develop restoration scenarios for the project and to foresee impacts due to climate change. This presentation will step through the planning and restoration process and discuss future work at the site. The project also has broader implications for wetland restoration on agricultural lands in Tillamook County.

The event will be held at the Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Ave, in Manzanita. The presentation will start at 7:20 p.m. following an update from Lower Nehalem Watershed Council at 7 p.m. Join LNWC for the regular council meeting from 5 t0 6:30 pm at the Pine Grove to learn more about the council’s ongoing work.


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