Glade Bekken Stream Restoration
Old technology meets new in the restoration project at the Glade Bekken watershed. The restoration involved replacing a culvert that blocked upstream fish migration, and placement of large woody debris in the stream to increase the complexity of the channel for better salmon spawning habitat. Standard construction equipment was used to replace the culvert but the upstream portion of the stream was more sensitive. Instead of heavy construction equipment, draft horses were used to haul large pieces of timber upstream to 15 locations where in-stream wooden structures were created. After being hauled upstream by the horses, the wood was put into place by a "spyder", an excavation machine on walking legs. Volunteers then anchored the wood in place. Both the horses and the "spyder" minimized environmental impacts to the stream bed that normally would have occurred had other construction equipment been used. Community volunteers planted the riparian corridor and any disturbed areas to improve the long term health of the stream.