This small but beneficial project took place at the historically important campground East of Camp Sherman, Oregon where Lower Canyon Creek meets the Metolius River. Aquatic Contracting (AC) transformed floodplain areas used as roads back into natural habitat for both aquatic and upland species. Rerouting roadways and decommissioning removed the impending risk of sedimentation to the pristine waters of the Metolius River tributary and the access roads are no longer at risk of collapse due to natural stream erosion and deposition associated with stream meandering. The project included the following elements: clearing and grubbing; tree salvage for reuse as floodplain habitat/road decommissioning; construction of roads, turnouts, trails, and two new parking lots, a campground loop and building foundations; decommissioning of existing Forest Service access roads with decompaction, mulching and plant-hole excavation; boulder placement; demolition of an existing pit-toilet and installation of a new ADA compliant restroom structure. Site restoration included coordination with a youth-volunteer crew that installed the riparian plantings during construction. While on site, AC took the opportunity to salvage excess roadbed aggregate and filled existing potholes, thus improving the existing roads above and beyond the scope of the contract.
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