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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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November 20, 2018
Contact: Cindi Confer Morris 509-697-4503

Researchers will use drone to collect habitat
restoration data on WDFW wildlife areas

OLYMPIA – Researchers working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will fly a drone over Umtanum and North Fork Manastash Creeks between now and the end of November to collect information supporting river restoration before snow covers the work.

Cindi Confer Morris, WDFW's Wenas Wildlife Area manager, said participants in the project will collect data on the use of wood placement for improving fish habitat and stream function.

Flights will occur from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The work is part of a larger Yakima Basin "Wood Fiesta Project" to enhance aquatic habitat in remote watersheds by replenishing woody material. That project is a collaborative effort between Yakama Nation Fisheries, Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, WDFW, the U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

Collection of imagery by drone provides safer and more efficient river restoration monitoring data than would otherwise be possible.

For more on the Wood Fiesta Project, please visit the project webpage: