Indian Jack Slough

Nelson Creek Impressions

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Indian Jack Slough’s Renaissance

Indian Jack Slough - Columbia Landtrust StaffBattered, tired, cold, and drenched to the bone from enduring a late-February day’s worth of non-stop rain, I and two other colleagues were ready to seek our urban sanctuaries. Our knuckles, fingers, and thumbs were bloody and throbbing from swinging hammers that too often missed 2-inch-long galvanized staples—unmerciful reminders of our final day’s efforts to complete 7,300 feet of fencing. We built this important fence surrounding a 50 acre portion of the 180-acre Indian Jack Slough property in order to discourage elk from consuming the nearly 45,000 native trees and shrubs that were to be planted a few months after the fence’s completion, in March and April of 2011.

Exhausted, we slogged and waddled our way back to our truck, thinking only of hot coffee, steamy showers, and dry clothes, and then something caught my eye that immediately extinguished all my thoughts of discomfort.

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Nelson Creek Update

Melissa Knudson, Andrea Berkley and Ellie, Ann Kastberg, and Kris Parke

We have been busy at Nelson Creek this last summer. Vegetation surveys: Pam Wright headed up a crew with Andrea Berkley, Columbia Land Trust, establishing permanent vegetation plots throughout the Nelson Creek property. These inventory plots will be monitored to document the change due to our restoration efforts.

The Nelson Creek committee met in July to update everyone as to what has been completed and what still needs to be done. We welcomed Kris Parke to the committee. Kris has been involved for several years monitoring upper Nelson Creek for fish populations. He volunteered to head up a fish survey in Jack's Slough. Andrea reported that CLT now has funding to proceed with restoration projects that will include site preparation and replanting with native species. We expect to get started this winter.

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Vegetation Survey at Nelson Creek

The Vegetation Survey at Nelson Creek on 5/30/2009 was a success, but we didn't finish with all of our sites. We went to preselected random sites and marked them with a hopefully permanent stake and collected information on percent cover, species composition, tree diameter and also took reference pictures. We would like to finish the work soon, probably during a weekend day in June between the 13 and 28th. Well need a few helpers to help hike/wade to the spots.

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Nelson Creek Stewardship Project

In 2006 Columbia Land Trust (CLT), a not for profit conservation organization, approached the Willapa Hills Audubon Society (WHAS) to partner on the restoration and stewardship of the Nelson Creek property.  The property is 180 acres (increased to 200 acres in 2008) located near Cathlamet, WA in Wahkiakum County.  It is adjacent, across Highway 4, from the Julia Butler Hansen Columbia white-tailed deer Wildlife Refuge.

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Upcoming Events

Dec 17;
Leadbetter CBC
Dec 29;
Wahkiakum CBC
Jan 01;
Cowlitz Columbia CBC