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Bear Branch 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 Bear Branch Creek as a target area for restoration. Currently, salmonid populations in Bear Branch are limited by excessively warm summer water temperatures, a lack of adequate spawning gravel and a lack of overwintering habitat due to poor connection with the floodplain. WRI funds support the North Santiam Watershed Council in conducting landowner outreach and restoration work to improve salmonid habitat in Bear Branch, including large wood placement (which will aid in forming pools and accumulating spawning gravel), riparian planting, and invasive weed removal.

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