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Cherry Creek Riparian Planting #2

A huge proportion of our high desert streams and critical fish habitat occur on private lands. This is a great cooperative project between the state, ONDA and the landowner to restore nearly two miles of critical habitat on this John Day Tributary.
When Oct 12, 2012 04:00 PM to
Oct 14, 2012 09:00 AM
Where Cherry Creek Near Clarno
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Contact Phone (541) 330-2638
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Cherry Creek is a steelhead-bearing tributary to the John Day River located adjacent to the proposed Cathedral Rock Wilderness.  The stream is almost entirely lacking in vegetation after only recently having been fenced off from grazing. Riparian vegetation is critical for keeping stream temperatures cool, and reducing erosion and silty water conditions.  Riparian habitat is a rare and precious resource in eastern Oregon and many species depend on it.  We hope that with time, the constant water flow in Cherry Creek and the recovering vegetation will lure some beavers to make dams, and to help finish off the restoration of this eroded system.

Fence was built in 2010/2011 to keep the cattle out of the riparian area, and ONDA began replanting in the spring of 2011, with a follow-up trip in the fall.  In 2012 we will finish up planting the mile+ stretch of protected stream with a spring and fall trip: then it is up to mother nature to finish the job!

HERE is a Google map showing the general location of Cherry Creek.

2012 Cherry Creek Trip Description background
Now that the cows are out, this creek needs some trees!


  • October 12, Friday PM.   Your trip leader will be at the campsite with group gear set up by 5PM ready for folks to arrive.
  • October 13, Saturday 8AM to 3 or 4PM. A full day of planting work a short walk from camp.
  • October 14, Sunday. After breakfast we will pack up and head home. A guided morning hike exploring the proposed Horse Heaven Wilderness will be offered to those interested.

We will be using spikes and hammers to create pilot holes in the rocky ground: then you pull out the spike and slip in a willow stick.  We hope to cover about half a mile of creek banks with willow, dogwood and cottonwood plantings.

2012 Cherry Creek tip Description
Using hammers and spikes to plant trees on nearby Robinson Creek

We will be car-camping for this trip alongside Cherry Creek in an open pasture, with plenty of room to spread out.  This area is not a developed campsite.

1 out of 5.   The concept is simple, but the work can be difficult.  Due to the eroded nature of the creek, it is rocky, making it difficult to get holes all the way down to the water table.  The hammers and spikes each weigh several pounds, and you will be moving around a bag full of willow sticks.  There is a lot of bending over, and a lot of hammering.  Each person can work at their own pace.  Click HERE for a description of the trip difficulty rating system.

Participants are responsible for their own food and camping gear as well as transportation to and from the trip. Sturdy off-trail ankle-high boots are recommended for this trip.   This trip is offered to members free of charge.

ONDA will provide planting tools, trees, extra gloves, earplugs, and guidance in the field.

This trip is led by ONDA's Wilderness Stewardship Assistant: Michael O'Casey.
Group size is limited to 15 participants
This trip is offered free of charge.

An ONDA registration application and medical form is required for this trip.
Click HERE for the form.  You only need to fill this form out once per year: You can join additional 2012 trips by e-mailing the trip leader directly.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail within 10 working days of submitting your form.  The confirmation e-mail will provide information regarding which trips you are on the "participant list" for, and which trips are full, and therefore you have been placed on the "wait list".  Five weeks before the start of the trip, the trip leader will send out an RSVP to make sure everyone is still able to participate. Based on RSVPs open spaces will be backfilled with people from the wait list.  Three weeks before the trip begins, the trip leader will send out an e-mail with additional information, maps, driving instructions, car-pooling options etc. However, if you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact the trip leader.


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50 SW Bond Street, Suite 4,
Bend, OR 97702
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