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Valentine Creek Model Watershed

This sub-basin is located in the upper extent of the Lower North Santiam watershed, the most populated area of the watershed. The draft Endangered Species Act Recovery Plan for Upper Willamette Salmon and Steelhead identifies Valentine Creek as a target area for restoration, and historically the area had significant oak savanna and prairie habitats. WRI funds support the North Santiam Watershed Council in conducting landowner outreach and restoration work to improve salmonid habitat in Valentine Creek, including large wood placement, riparian planting and fencing, establishment of side channel and slackwater habitat, and implementation of Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) for invasive weed inventory and removal.

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