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Toxics Cleanup Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration

BNSF Skykomish NRD Settlement Restoration Sites

Lower Beckler River Erosion Control and Harlan Creek Road Decommissioning


Map of Lower Beckler River Erosion and Harlan Creek Decommissioning area

Photo of field work.
Heavy equipment is recontouring a forest road to restore the hillslope processes and reduce sediment input to Beckler River. Photo courtesy Kamber Box.
This project provided funding to reduce road-related sediment inputs to the Beckler River and its tributary Harlan Creek, which are tributaries to the South Fork of the Skykomish River.  The restoration work included decommissioning over 9 miles of  acquired forest roads with erosion problems, removing culverts and unstable fills, and recontouring slopes for proper drainage and to allow native vegetation to restore.   These actions limit vehicle access to sensitive aquatic areas and improve overall water quality in the Beckler River watershed.

Contact :

Andy Bryden
US Forest Service