Protection of Riparian Area in partnership with Central Klickitat Conservation District
Protection of Riparian Area in partnership with
Central Klickitat Conservation District
View of area as it looks now, the trees and shrubs will
be planted in the spring 2009.
Klickitat County, near Goldendale
Spring Creek runs through Flying H Ranch winter grounds. Through the years an
aggressive invasion of canary grass had deviated the creek from its normal
flowing channel causing it to encroach on corrals and barns. In a partnership
with the conservation district, the normal channel was reestablished, a bridge
was built, the canary grass placed under control, and trees, shrubs along with
grasses were planted along the riparian area. A fence was constructed to exclude
cattle from the riparian area.
Jim Hill, owner of Flying H Ranch , Central Klickitat Conservation District
(CKCD), and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) South Central Team
Water quality issues and creek bank erosion, along with deterioration of plant health
and vitality, caused in part by cattle having free access to the riparian area.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) along with cost-share funding
The CKCD took care of the engineering part of the project; design and
construction of bridge and channel.
The creek banks are stabilized. Cattle are now kept out of the riparian area with fencing,
and the invasive species canary grass has been controlled. The establishment of
trees/shrubs and grasses helped to stabilize the banks and will compete with
canary grass to drive it out of the riparian area.