OHA’s Restoration Program

Timeline


2010

January

OHA hires Conservation Coordinator to assist in implementing restoration program

January

OHA purchases Lost Lake wetland

June

Initial Lost Lake Management Plan approved by OHA board
2011

June

First annual bird survey at the Myers Creek Mitigation Site

August

OHA and Curlew Job Corps collaborate to begin building hiking trails at Lost Lake (additional work done in October)

September

Myers Creek Plan approved by regulatory agencies

September

OHA completes installation of wildlife friendly fence to protect Lost Lake wetland from trampling by cattle in nearby grazing allotments
2012

June

OHA and Curlew Job Corps collaborate to build hiking trail at Pine Chee wetland

September

Lost Lake Wetland and Wildlife Preserve informational signboard/kiosk is constructed
2013

May

OHA fences a spring at Myers Creek Mitigation Site that had been trampled by cattle

June/July

Trailside interpretive signs are installed along hiking trails at Lost Lake

August

DNR Natural Heritage Program surveys Lost Lake wetland and discovers features that qualify wetland for status as a wetland of Conservation Significance in WA State
2014

April

OHA invites Trout Unlimited to partner with landowners and OHA on the Triple Creek Restoration Project, planning process is initiated and USFWS joins team shortly afterward

May

16 owl, swallow, duck, and flying squirrel nest boxes are installed at Lost Lake Wetland and Wildlife Preserve

June

OHA and Curlew Job Corps add upper loop to Lost Lake upland forest hiking trail

July

Trail markers and trailhead signs are added to trail

August

OHA kicks off multi-year forest thinning plan with work party; habitat piles are built using slash and downed wood

September

Myers Creek Habitat Restoration Plan is implemented at the Myers Creek Mitigation Site, including five beaver dam analogues and five large woody debris installations.
2016

July

Triple Creek Project is awarded funds from Department of Ecology’s Section 319 grant, to conduct creek and wetland restoration, with OHA leading the collaborative effort.
2019

July

Phase 2 of the Triple Creek grant, to reconnect Myers Creek to its historic floodplain begins, with funding from Department of Ecology, and support from land stewards, partnering agencies, organizations and individuals.
2022

May

Forest management efforts at the Lost Lake Preserve, including thinning to improve habitat, wildfire danger, and aesthetics begins with the support of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Stewardship Program and volunteers.

July

Triple Creek, Phase 3 begins, with funding once again from Department of Ecology’s Section 319 grant, and support from USFWS, NOAA, and many local organizations and community members. This grant focuses on continued development of a diverse riparian habitat as the incision trench decreases and sinuosity increases.
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