Northcoast Regional Land Trust’s Wood Creek Tidal Marsh Restoration Project

The Northcoast Regional Land Trust’s (NRLT) Wood Creek Tidal Marsh project works to restore historical tidal flow and native vegetation to the Wood Creek Tidal Marsh. Over the past 150 years, this site has been altered by diking and removal of vegetation and large woody debris. Despite these alterations, surveys have shown that endangered and threatened fish species utilize this area for rearing. The Wood Creek Tidal Marsh Enhancement Project’s primary climate change benefit comes in the form of flood mitigation for the lower Wood Creek/Freshwater Creek area. Anticipated increases in winter precipitation will likely bring increased flooding to the local watersheds. The reconnection of Wood Creek to Freshwater Creek through opening (and eventual removal) of the tidegate and creation of a more complex wetland channel system will expand the flow capacity of the project area, thereby reducing the velocity and shear potential of flood flows.

Northcoast Regional Land Trust - Image Source: USACE, Robert Campbell

The Wood Creek habitat restoration project was funded by US Fish and Wildlife Service (Coastal Partners, Coastal Program, and NAWCA grants), NOAA, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the California Coastal Conservancy, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Theproject has been implemented and is in the monitoring stage.

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