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Red salmon creek presentation


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Get your students ready to restore riparian habitat!

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Red salmon creek presentation

  1. 1. Tree Planting on Red Salmon Creek with Nisqually River Education Project
  2. 2. Your Task! Replant native vegetation to re-establish a healthy Riparian Zone. Why is the Riparian Zone important?
  3. 3. Riparian Zones Rock! •  Moderates flooding •  Cleans the water •  They provide shade, habitat, and food!
  4. 4. Streams Meander •  Meander= to follow a winding, bending course. •  Causes varying speeds of water •  Erosion and deposition
  5. 5. The First People •  The Nisqually Tribe •  “Squally-absch”, or “People of the river, People of the grass country”. •  Traditionally lived off the land and rivers •  Salmon are important to their diet and culture.
  6. 6. European Settlers
  7. 7. Modern Life
  8. 8. How does modern life affect wildlife?
  9. 9. Nisqually Watershed Schools
  10. 10. Red Salmon Creek Story Red Salmon Creek Project Area 2013 Aerial Photo Nisqually Land Trust Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge 0 500 1,000250 Feet FKim Bredensteiner, Nisqually Land Trust - 2/23/15 BNSFTracks MountsRoad I-5 Red Salmon Slough 2015-16 Planting Area •  Land cleared for farming •  Landowner Bud worked with Nisqually Delta Association to preserve the estuary •  Property transferred to Nisqually Land Trust, then to USFW- Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge •  An important salmon rearing creek
  11. 11. Band-tailed Pigeon •  Listed as vulnerable •  Forage on Cascara and Elderberry •  Nest 10-180 feet off the ground in trees like Douglas Fir •  Lay 1-2 eggs per brood •  Need access to mineral springs
  12. 12. 6 Main Reasons We Plant Trees For Salmon A. Roots hold dirt, preventing erosion which can smother the redds within the stream. Photo credit: Redds – WDFW, Salmon eggs – Thomas C. Kline, Jr., Ph. D.
  13. 13. 6 Main Reasons We Plant Trees For Salmon B. Large woody debris create log jams that provide resting spots, feeding areas, and hiding spaces from predators.
  14. 14. 6 Main Reasons We Plant Trees For Salmon C. Trees provide shade, keeping stream temperatures low; a necessity for the survival of salmon.
  15. 15. 6 Main Reasons We Plant Trees For Salmon D. Trees provide oxygen, which is good for not only the salmon but us too.
  16. 16. 6 Main Reasons We Plant Trees For Salmon E. Trees provide habitat and food for bugs that are in turn food for the juvenile salmon!
  17. 17. 6 Main Reasons We Plant Trees for Salmon F. Trees use the carbon in CO2 as building blocks to grow, thus becoming carbon reservoirs.
  18. 18. What is a Native Plant?
  19. 19. Native plant: A species that originated in a given region.
  20. 20. Western Redcedar Thuja plicata Red Elderberry Sambucus racemosa
  21. 21. Indian Plum Oemleria cerasiformi Douglas Fir Pseudotuga menziesii
  22. 22. Grand Fir Abies grandis Black Hawthorn Crataegus douglasii
  23. 23. Cascara Rhamnus purshiana Oregon Ash Fraxinus latifolia
  24. 24. Snowberry Symphoricarpos albus Tall Oregon Grape Mahonia aquifolium
  25. 25. Shore Pine Pinus contorta Western Hemlock Tsuga heterophylla
  26. 26. Remember, Safety First! •  Walk, don’t run. •  Stay in sight of the group at all times. •  Shovels: •  Sharpened regularly, which makes them dangerous. •  Never carry shovels over your shoulder. •  Tip should always be pointed towards the ground, like walking sticks.
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