RFFI Restoration Projects
Since the purchase of the Usal Redwood Forest in 2007, RFFI has been committed to restoring a landscape that has been severely degraded by aggressive timber harvesting which depleted the forest ecosystem.
Together with their forest management firm, Campbell Timberland Management, LLC, they have conducted extensive forest and watershed restoration in the Usal Redwood Forest. RFFI and Campbell have conferred with experts from UC Berkeley, NOAA Fisheries and CalFire in the process.
Removing approximately 9 miles of roads and restoring streams has allowed salmon and steelhead to return to spawn in our coastal streams. Trout Unlimited and Pacific Watersheds Associates are conducting a road evaluation and will develop a work plan for restoring the Indian Creek Watershed. This watershed is a tributary to the South Fork of the Eel River, one of the most important salmon spawning grounds in northern California.
Large stump placed on the eastern edge of Usal Creek
In the photo, you can see a very large stump was placed on the eastern edge of Usal Creek in an area largely devoid of such large wood features. This large piece is likely to lodge itself in a place that will create an excellent pool and snare other floating wood. Together they will create the desired "habitat complexity" that fish and other aquatic species need for their life stages. These areas had been completely devoid of pools which are essential for salmonid habitat.
View videos of our restoration work:
North Fork Usal Creek restoration project
Upstream showing 'wood deficit'
Upstream showing dropped trees
Vertical pan of the dropped trees, stream, stumps, and bank