Restoring a River: Washington's Mashel

September 5, 2006 By: Marshall Cutchin

The Nisqually Indian Tribe and the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group are cooperating in an effort to restore an important tributary of the Nisqually River. They want to reverse the effects of one hundred years of heavy logging by building logjams to restore natural habitat. “The new logjams, six layers of dozens of 40-foot trees and refrigerator-size boulders, are anchored in place by giant logs sunk into the riverbed like pier pilings. They’ll protect the park against high flows and continue to collect fallen trees.” From the Associated Press.