OTIS — Several area organizations have teamed up and are asking for volunteers to help protect the Salmon River from potential erosion caused by September’s Echo Mountain Complex fire during an erosion control project event slated for Sunday, Nov. 15.
Volunteers are scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. Sunday at the junction of North Panther Creek Road and North Hillside Drive, rain or shine. There, volunteers will receive instructions on where to place erosion control barriers and what materials will be needed. Volunteers are asked to wear boots to combat mud, and work gloves are recommended to protect from straw, hay and blackberry bushes.
The event is a joint project between 350 Oregon Central Coast, Timber Unity, Lincoln County Soil and Water District and Lincoln County Emergency Management. The goal is to protect the river from ash and sediment during the rainy season.
Organizers are asking volunteers to bring the following if able:
• Hammers for pounding stakes. Though a regular claw-style hammer is adequate, 3-pound sledgehammers are preferred.
• Wire cutters to snip bailing wire or string.
• Yard clippers for bushes and small branches.
• Pitchforks for spreading straw or hay. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring garden-leaf and landscape rakes.
• Pickup trucks for moving straw, hay and materials to worksites.
All are welcome to participate. Masks and social distancing will be required.
Advanced registration is encouraged, and can be completed by visiting https://bit.ly/3kbW0JJ. For further information, call Betty Kamikawa at 541-961-4482.