Middle Creek is a tributary of the Mattole River in northern California's Humboldt County. The creek provides habitat for various endangered and threatened salmonid species, as well as a wide array of rare amphibians, birds, and mammals. Residents have been working for more than twenty years to restore this and adjacent creeks through upslope and riparian restoration, community education, and reforestation. 18,616 mixed hardwood seedlings were planted along 1.71 miles of Middle Creek. Diversifying and increasing the riparian canopy is expected to enhance salmon habitat by reducing summertime water temperatures, providing long-term bank stability, increasing recruitment of future large woody debris, and enhancing water quality.
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