Resurrection Creek Restoration - Revegetation

Riparian Zone and Floodplain Re-vegetation

Tasks completed in 2005:

The EIS for this project was completed in November 2004, and permits were in place by early May 2005. The first season of construction occurred from mid-May to mid-July 2005. The following was accomplished in 2005:

  • Redistributed 120,000 cubic yards of tailings piles to develop a new stream channel and floodplain,
  • Constructed 5 meander bends with natural pool-riffle sequences, increasing the channel length by 20%, increasing sinuosity, and decreasing average slope,
  • Shaped 40 acres of new floodplains,
  • Constructed 1 mile of new side channels and side channel ponds for off-channel habitat,
  • Spread 5,000 cubic yards of soil and woody debris on the floodplains,
  • Placed hundreds of trees into 10 engineered logjams along the channel, and
  • Monitored channel morphology, photo points, vegetation, and aquatic species.

Tasks completed in 2006:

In 2006, construction work on the restored channel and floodplains was completed, and revegetation was conducted on areas restored in 2005.The second season of construction work was conducted between mid-May and early July 2006. The following was accomplished in 2006:

  • Constructed 1.2 miles of additional side channels and connected ponds,
  • Reconstructed the lower 0.2 miles of Palmer Creek,
  • Redistributed 40,000 cubic yards of tailings piles to shape the channels and floodplains,
  • Placed hundreds of trees into engineered logjams,
  • Spread 3,000 cubic yards of soil and woody debris on the floodplains,
  • Through a partnership with the Youth Restoration Corps, planted over 4000 birch seedlings, 600 spruce seedlings, and 4000 willow cuttings along the banks and on the floodplains, and
  • Monitored channel morphology, photo points, vegetation, and aquatic species.

Tasks completed in 2007:

In 2007, revegetation was conducted on areas restored in 2006 through a partnership with the Youth Restoration Corps. Work was conducted in June 2007. The following was accomplished in 2007:

  • Planted about 1000 spruce seedlings, 1800 birch, and 500-1000 sod transplants on the newly created floodplains,
  • Monitored channel morphology, photo points, vegetation, and aquatic species. (USDA, 2007)