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eDNA Sampling + Salmon Habitat Monitoring #2

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Trip description: Come join for the assessment phase of a new aquatic restoration project to help salmon! We will be working with the Forest Service to assess on-the-ground conditions and design a long-term aquatic restoration project on Clear Creek and Clearwater Creek (tributaries of the Lewis River).

CFC will be surveying and mapping the presence of invasive plant species to identify treatment locations for the overall restoration plan, collecting environmental DNA samples to survey for the presence and absence of various aquatic species, and carrying out wood count surveys along priority tributaries to quantify wood needs in areas of interest.

The objectives of the overall restoration plan are to improve habitat complexity and diversity by increasing the size and amount of deep pools, increasing wood accumulations, increasing riparian vegetation, and increasing the amount of suitable spawning and rearing habitat for coho, spring Chinook, and winter steelhead.

Task: Learning about identifying invasive plant species, collecting data on invasives and instream wood via iPad, and assisting with collecting eDNA samples.

Trip difficulty: 5 out of 5 || This trip involves walking through dense forest stands, over downed logs, on uneven ground, and near stream banks

What you need: Waterproof hiking boots or rubber boots, rain gear, sun protection, day pack with food/water and other essentials, camping gear (detailed list sent via email)

Gear provided: Sturdy hiking boots, warm layers, rain gear, sun protection, day pack with food/water and other essentials, and camping gear (detailed list sent via email)

Lodging: Developed campground near the Swift Reservoir

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500 W 8TH ST STE 270, VANCOUVER, WA 98660, US

Mission Statement

The Cascade Forest Conservancy protects and sustains the forests, streams, wildlife, and communities in the heart of the Cascades through conservation, education, and advocacy.


Cascade Forest Conservancy is working to see that our region is one where native life-flora, fauna, microbes, and the entire biota-thrive in healthy biodiverse forest and aquatic ecosystems. We strive to protect and restore ecosystems in our region that also respect the needs of the many communities who care about the health and sustainability of the area, including Indigenous tribes and nations, those who come to enjoy outdoor recreation opportunities, and communities and businesses depending on the tourism and timber the forest provides.

We value collaboration and partnership. We work closely with groups and agencies that represent a broad range of perspectives to achieve solutions that benefit all. We serve as a leader, convener, and partner in conservation efforts alongside researchers, agencies, tribes, and other nonprofits. We prioritize patronizing and working with local contractors and businesses so that resources provided by supporters and foundations stay local and continue to have a positive impact.

Volunteers are also pivotal to our work; without them, we would not be able to achieve all that we do. We offer numerous opportunities through the summer and fall that allow community members to gain hands-on experience with various conservation and restoration projects. Volunteer trips are one to two days over the weekend and occur throughout the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and surrounding areas.




Sat Sep 10, 2022 - Sun Sep 11, 2022
10:00 AM - 03:00 PM


Clearwater CreekGifford Pinchot National ForestNorthwoods, WA 98616






  • 12 total hours across 2 days

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