Group plans upstream Issaquah Creek habitat restoration

February 1, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Salmon and other creatures in the Issaquah Creek basin receive a boost soon from citizens and the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed.

The nonprofit organization has planned creek habitat enhancement projects for Feb. 5. Friends of the Cedar River Watershed needs Issaquah-area residents to participate in the effort.

The restoration is scheduled to take place inside the Log Cabin Reach Natural Area on a section of creek upstream from Issaquah and near the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill.

The daylong program is the inaugural Issaquah-area effort for the Seattle-based Friends of the Cedar River Watershed.

Friends of the Cedar River Watershed is in the process of expanding efforts to restore habitat and educate residents throughout the Cedar River and Lake Washington watersheds. The local project is a collaboration between the nonprofit organization and King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.

“By planting along Issaquah Creek, we improve the health of the whole region, because a healthier Puget Sound starts with healthy creeks and rivers,” Cedar River Watershed Restoration Program Manager Nisa Karimi said.

Log Cabin Reach Natural Area serves as a key wildlife corridor among the Issaquah Alps — Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains. The preserved habitat supports bald eagles, bears and other wildlife.

The creek supports chinook, coho and sockeye salmon, plus cutthroat and steelhead trout. The stretch is not hemmed by levees through the natural area, so the creek can meander across the floodplain after heavy rain. The nearby forest sends limbs and other debris into the creek — habitat for salmon and other fish.

The natural area stretches across 118 acres along Issaquah Creek along Cedar Grove Southeast between Issaquah and Renton in unincorporated King County. The county describes the size and variety of habitats at the site as important habitat in a landscape characterized by residential development.

Plans call for volunteers to plant native vegetation in the area. Throughout the Cedar River watershed, volunteers plan to do the same at previously disturbed areas on natural areas open to the public along the river.

The events include interpretive presentations on the natural and cultural history of the area by Cedar River Salmon Journey Naturalists.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

Get involved

Friends of the Cedar River Watershed Issaquah Creek habitat enhancement

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 5
  • Log Cabin Reach Natural Area
  • E-mail Cedar River Watershed Restoration Program Manager Nisa Karimi at nisa@cedarriver.org to learn more.
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