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Join Land Conservancy’s willow-planting stewardship day March 10

Activity keeps salmon, beavers at Thompson Creek

Published on March 8, 2018 3:18PM

Volunteers plant willows near Thompson Creek in December 2016.

Courtesy North Coast Land Conservancy

Volunteers plant willows near Thompson Creek in December 2016.

SEASIDE — Thompson Creek and Stanley Marsh Habitat Reserve in Seaside is one of the North Coast Land Conservancy’s most visible success stories, with coho salmon migrating up Thompson Creek to spawn every winter and beavers returning to create more salmon habitat.

You can help the Conservancy keep that success going by joining a willow-planting stewardship day at Thompson Creek 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10.

Willow planting is one of the conservancy’s easiest and most popular stewardship activities. Willows provide food and building materials to beavers. The dams those beavers build result in broader wetlands, enhancing habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, from salmon to waterfowl.

People of all ages and abilities are welcome. Volunteers will gather at the pump house at Thompson Creek, on the east side of Seaside off Lewis and Clark Road.

Contact Stewardship Director Melissa Reich at melissar@nclctrust.org to let her know you’ll be coming and to get directions. Bring a lunch and water. Wear waterproof boots and work gloves if you have them. Prepare to get muddy; this stewardship day happens rain or shine (barring extreme weather). There are no toilets on the property. Dogs are not allowed at Conservancy habitat reserves.

Read more about Thompson Creek and Stanley Marsh at nclctrust.org.


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