Gales Creek Journal —
Over the past two years, staff from the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have planted 1,000 western red cedars along a mile-long stretch of Gales Creek in the Tillamook State Forest.
“As these trees grow, they’ll provide shade to help maintain cool water – vital to native upper Willamette steelhead that are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act,” read a state-issued news release from ODF spokesperson Jason Cox.
As the COVID-19 pandemic set in at the end of the tree planting process, it changed how staff had to operate.
“Our staff was careful to socially distance during the process,” Cox said in an email to the Gales Creek Journal.