Trinity River Restoration V

Restoration Stories


The Bucktail Project was completed in 2016. A former dredge pit was turned into an artificial beaver pond and was connected to the Trinity River via a side-channel. Fortified beaver dams and large wood jams were created to provide places for juvenile fish to hide from high flows and protect themselves from predators. Stores of coarse gravel were positioned to establish spawning beds, and the wetlands were created to be perfect for producing bugs for salmon to feed on and provide refuge from high velocity during high flow events. The combination of channel rehabilitation and river flow is expected to promote alternate bar sequences and low-velocity habitat for salmonid fry; increase habitat complexity; and allow the river to maintain itself as an alluvial system in both treated and untreated areas. The restoration was a collaboration between the Yurok and Hoopa Valley Tribes. Learn More © Kenneth DeCamp.