Situated in the headwaters of Auger Creek, a tributary to Trout Creek, Ingram Meadow is a 15 acre meadow historically impacted by grazing, removal of riparian hardwood vegetation, and timber harvest. The site is part of a larger restoration effort to increase water quality and quantity in tributaries to Trout Creek on the Ochoco National Forest. The restoration of Ingram Meadow has been met with support from key stakeholders because of the benefit to wildlife, plants, and water quality.
The proposed project addresses the problem by repairing the incised channel and stop headcutting further upstream into the upper meadow. This allows water to flood the meadow, refilling the natural water table and increases water availability later in the summer season.
This collaborative project advances the goals of many organizations including the National Forest Foundation, USFS, Middle Deschutes Watershed Council, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and downstream water users and advocates for anadromous fish. Water quality and quantity are critical to the healthy function of watersheds. In addition, this project will create an opportunity to educate the public on the importance of meadows in the environment.
* Project restores natural hydrologic conditions to facilitate improved capture and infiltration of surface water and groundwater recharge