The 160 acre Carmichael farm was historically used for crop and livestock production, but for the last few decades it has been mostly dormant of active farming, with the exception of light livestock grazing. In ??? Wayne and Laurie Carmichael purchased the property and began taking note of the many wildlife species that frequented their property. In ? the Carmichaels became notified by a consultant for the Upper Nehalem Watershed Council to request permission to access the stream running through their property (known now as Tweedle Creek). Through conversations with the consultant the Carmichaels expressed interest in the results and in potential restoration activities that could follow. They were also interested in some assistance in improving wildlife and habitat conditions throughout the rest of their property. The consultant provided an assessment and prioritization of much of the smaller streams in the Upper Nehalem, which was funded by OWEB. Tweedle creek was one of two streams crossing Tweedle Lane that were identified as priorities for both fish passage and habitat restoration. In ? , The UNWC ODFW and Clatsop County Road Department set out to replace these fish passage barriers on Tweedle Lane. The design and implementation were funded by OWEB, USFWS and Clatsop County Rd Dept. During this effort discussions were begun with the Carmichaels to follow up with restoration of instream and riparian habitat on Tweedle creek. That project was completed in the summer of 2010. It was funded by USFWS, DEQ and OWEB.
ODFW had also begun work with the Carmichaels and the UNWC to develop preliminary plans for addressing other restoration opportunities within the property. USFWS provided technical assistance with a site visit that included their geo-fluvial morphologist to provide comments regarding the relic oxbow present on the property. The UNWC started providing trees for the upland forest and forested wetlands. Oregon Ash was also provided as the property has at least two active ash swales.
A grant was received by PCWV to begin assessment of the habitat and species within the property and begin consultation for wetland restoration related to the relic oxbow.
The Carmichael project is located . . . . . and while there are currently no conservation opportunity areas identified for the Nehalem, beyond the estuary, it fits with the objectives of the Oregon Conservation Strategy for both the Oregon Coast, as well as portions of the Willammette Valley. This is a unique characteristic of much of the Upper Nehalem Watershed. Elevation and climate conditions are very similar to the western Willamette Valley and the foothills on the eastern side of the Coast Range. Some of this similarity is evident with the . . . . . . The Carmichael project will enhance habitats important to dozens of wildlife species. The property is also important for migratory and resident bird species. This project will be used as an anchor towards identifying and prioritizing similar projects in the Nehalem Watershed.