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Restoration Report Card

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Mill Creek in a reach less affected by logging roads. courtesy of Jon Parmentier
Rumbling in a pickup truck over the rutted surface of an old logging road high above Mill Creek, fish seem very far away. Yet land managers say the fate of an endangered salmon species may cling to the iffy roads that traverse these steep, once heavily logged hills, as well as the streams flowing through them. 

Some 25,000 acres of former timberland now owned by California State Parks, the highs and lows of the Mill Creek Addition are ground zero for an ambitious restoration project that began more than a decade ago, when Stimson Lumber Company cashed out of the land with $60 million in state and donated funds, leaving behind over 300 miles of roads, more than a third of them long
unmaintained. 


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