Middle Watershed

From Highway 6 to Springer Creek Forest Service Road

SPRINGER CREEK CANYON

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpringer Creek Canyon is located just above where the creek crosses Highway 6. The canyon, the result of stream cutting through a major escarpment, and its surrounding area form a site whose extreme beauty has long been appreciated by the local community. Any land use decisions which affect the integrity of the canyon need to be examined carefully by the community.

Current proposals for hydro power generation will impact the Canyon and need to be examined from a broad, community-based perspective. Decision makers need to balance not only the usual economic costs and benefits of power generation, but to include in the process a consideration of other values, such as recreation and spirituality, whose measures are often more difficult to assess.

SCRAPA does not oppose the principle of power generation on Springer Creek, but rather encourages a broad and deep community discussion of the role the Canyon plays, and will continue to play, in the well-being of the local and regional community.

Click here for a slideshow of the Canyon accessed from the North.

Click here for a slideshow of the Canyon accessed from the South.

ECOLOGY OF THE MIDDLE WATERSHED

The forest of the middle portion of the watershed is in transition, with numerous fallen and standing dead trees. Since this build up of fuel poses an increased risk in the event of a wildfire,  a Wildland Interface fuel reduction program is addressing this issue.  This program, nearing completion, is also increasing recreation values by opening up the forest.

SCRAPA welcomes questions and comments. Please contact us at springer.creek.restoration@gmail.com or on facebook.

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