Sampson Wetland Phase I

Project Description: – Approximately 50 acres of Cozy Valley lowlands, the Sampson parcel is the last parcel in which Cozy Valley Creek travels through before the confluence of Northcraft Creek. This project is an extension of several upstream salmon enhancement projects, which will complement the long-term success of all the habitat improvements throughout Cozy Valley. The ideal result will be a functioning, and sustainable water storage/juvenile refuge component n the headwaters that would benefit the entire Scatter Creek system. This 30% design project is a crucial part of the larger project to increase and maintain adequate flows for wild salmon. This wetland complex/refuge will hold/retain low flows to hydrate the valley benefiting upstream salmon habitat, while high flows expel into Northcraft Creek during spawning, which is imperative for juvenile salmonid survival in Scatter Creek. The completed final project incorporates approximately 10+ acres of submerged wetlands, a 50-100 foot riparian zone, 10-15 snags and a variety of large woody debris and river rock throughout the complex.

Watershed: Chehalis River Basin     Sub-basin: Scatter Creek     Tributary: Cozy Valley Creek
Habitat type: Riparian, Wetland
Acreage: 50 acres
Wildlife usages: water fowl, raptors, amphibians, salmonids, raccoons, deer, beaver, river otter

Project Milestones:

  • Educational Opportunities:
  • Site monitoring and maintenance
  • Riparian plantings
  • Invasive plant removal
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Ecosystem and species ID workshops
  • Data gathering and analysis
  • Birdwatching

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Site monitoring and maintenance
  • Riparian plantings
  • Invasive plant removal
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Data gathering and analysis

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