Friends of San Lorenzo Creek

Managing Woody Debris

Natural debris in the creek -- branches, logs, and root wads -- creates food and shelter for fish and wildlife. Woody debris may need to be repositioned, removed or partially removed if it threatens life or property. Because removing woody debris can degrade fish habitat, it is important to observe a situation before taking action. It is often best to take small, incremental steps toward resolving a problem.

If you are unsure about managing woody debris, contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service at 925.371.0154.

Source: Creek Care: A Guide for Residents in the San Lorenzo Creek Watershed (Alameda County Public Works Agency)