Wander Wild: Le Clerc Creek Hike
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Join us for our inaugural hike in our Wander Wild Series. For our first hike, we will venture to Le Clerc Creek in Pend Oreille County. This hike will feature two speakers: Colville National Forest Hydrologist, Rob Lawler, and TLC’s Watershed Director, Amanda Parrish.
We’ll depart from The Lands Council’s office (25 W Main) and we’ll carpool to TLC’s Le Clerc Creek Restoration Project. The hike will begin at 10:15 am, we’ll provide lunch at noon, and we’ll head back to Spokane at 1:30 pm. Stay around after the hike for beers – you’ve earned them!
The LeClerc Creek Wildlife Area is located in Pend Oreille County along the east side of the Pend Oreille River, about 25 miles northwest of the town of Newport. Vegetation in the area is typical of mixed coniferous forest habitat. A diversity of wildlife can be found at LeClerc Creek today, including sensitive, endangered or threatened species, from bald eagles and osprey to grizzly and black bears.
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More about The Lands Council’s work on Le Clerc Creek:
The Lands Council is working with the US Forest Service to restore bull trout habitat on LeClerc Creek in Pend Oreille County, Washington. At the turn of the century, LeClerc Creek was falsely straightened to help move logs used by the Diamond Match Company in nearby Diamond City, Washington. Today a remnant crib dam remains, and the straightened channel has become incised which leads to a narrow stream that doesn’t provide as many habitat opportunities for wildlife. However, LeClerc Creek is also one of the coldest streams in the region, making it important habitat for our native and endangered bull trout.
By harvesting trees upland and placing them instream, we will spread out the flow of water and sift out some of the sediment that comes downstream when the crib dam is removed. Helicopters will help install some of these logjams in the upstream areas that aren’t accessible by road. Further excavation work will take place in the floodplain which will allow the stream to reconnect to its historic floodplain. When it’s complete, we will see a stream that looks more like it did 150 years ago, and have the habitat and water quality benefits that come with that.