In an email from Melyssa Graeper,Coordinator and Executive Director of the Necanicum Watershed Council wrote to provide an update to the Coho Sanctuary project that TVTU has been a part of on the Necanicum River. This project is the area that receives the majority of the donated Christmas trees from the Christmas for Coho project.
The vegetation planted in the last work party has begun to take hold and is looking good and the fish and aquatic creatures continue to enjoy the habitat – to date coho salmon, steelhead, chum salmon have all been seen using the off-channel complex for spawning, refuge and rearing habitat. Brooke and Pacific lamprey have been present as well as many native amphibians. American dippers, song birds and waterfowl have all been present along with black tailed deer, Roosevelt elk and our native Oregon friend the beaver.
She notes this, of course, is an ongoing project and we are glad to be a part of it along with our friend and fellow angling conservationists the Rainland Fly Casters. More plantings are due, tree placement and invasives removal. This is good project and all those who have participated should be proud!
If you would like to see the site, have questions or want more project specific information, please let Melyssa know – she can arrange a tour; or you can participate with TVTU and come experience it first hand by having taking a part in its continued success!! Also feel free to visit and “like” the “Coho Sanctuary” Facebook page for tons of additional photos and awesome videos.