This project has three related components aimed at restoring ecological form and function in the Bull Creek watershed. 1) Upslope forest restoration will accelerate the development of late-seral forest characteristics, improve slope stability, and increase ecosystem resiliency to wildfire and climate change. Restoration includes the mechanical thinning of formerly harvested tree stands. 2) Restoration of the natural floodplain function in the middle valley will reduce the threat to the old growth redwood Rockefeller Forest from large debris flows and promote downstream hydraulic and sediment transport conditions. This objective includes the removal and recontouring of old sediments deposited in huge flood events in 1955 and 1964. This action will increase sediment storage capacity above the Rockefeller Forest, protecting it from future catastrophic sedimentation events, and will correct summer groundwater isolation that currently limits riparian vegetation seedling survival. 3) Expandion of the Remnant Black Cottonwood/Willow Riparian Forest to its former extent within the middle valley will improve floodplain and riparian function, reduce stream temperatures, increase high quality wildlife habitats, provide for future large wood recruitment, and enhanced recreation opportunities.
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