PORTLAND, Ore. July 31, 2009. The Pacific
Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service, received about
$350,000, to restore four deteriorating stream gaging stations
in the South Umpqua Experimental Forest on the Umpqua National
Forest in southeastern Oregon. The project, funded by the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for Forest Facilities and
Trails was announced by Secretary Tom Vilsack on July 21, 2009.
In total, the 191 Forest Facilities and Trails projects received
more than $274 million, and are located throughout the USDA Forest
Service in 32 states.
“ These projects exemplify President Obama’s commitment
to sustainability, reducing our environmental footprint, which
will benefit the 178 million people who visit the national forests
each year, while generating additional tourism and stimulating
local economies,” said Secretary Vilsack.
In the 1960s and 1970s,
and again in the 2000s, these stream gaging stations provided valuable
information to scientists and managers
about the effects of different timber harvesting techniques on
water quality and stream flow levels. The stations haven’t
been updated since their initial installation and major repairs
The funding for this project will also help provide
critical information to forest managers about the effects of
forest management on the
high-value salmon habitat found on the Umpqua National Forest,
and how to maintain the streams for these fish species that provide
immense economic and cultural value to local communities.
“ The Coyote Creek gage stations are a valuable resource
for scientists studying the effects of timber harvests on water
quality. This is a sound investment and I am glad the Forest Service
is getting the needed funds to repair the stations so that they
can continue with their important work,” says Congressman
Peter DeFazio, whose District includes the area of the project
The South Umpqua Experimental Forest is part of a
network of 80 experimental forests and rangelands across the
United States and
Puerto Rico. These forests provide long-term data on a wide variety
of ecosystems and environmental issues and provide a basis for
developing new, science-based land management options for forest
Here are the details on the Coyote Creek gage stations
The stations were constructed in 1963,
and streamflow measurements began in 1964. Throughout the 1960s
and 1970s, the stream gaging
stations provided valuable information about the effects of different
harvest techniques on water quality and flow levels. After a
hiatus, the gages were reactivated in the 2000s to document long-term
in water quantity and flow after timber harvest.
improvement project will restore deteriorated, unsafe gage stations,
and work spaces. Solar energy will be explored
and installed where feasible.
This project is in the South Umpqua
Experimental Forest, Coyote Creek Experimental Watersheds,
Umpqua National Forest, Tiller Ranger
District (Douglas County).
Partners on the project are the PNW
Research Station and Umpqua National Forest
The region contains
high-value salmon habitat. The information about the effects
of forest management on year-round stream conditions
is critical for maintaining habitat for fish species that have
immense economic and cultural values.
Information gained from
the restored gage stations will enable evaluation of contemporary
forest treatments on stream flow.
Information on other Forest
Service ARRA projects and related economic recovery can be
found at: http://www.fs.fed.us/arra/arra-releasedfsprojects-2009-6-2pm.pdf.