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Forest Service plans restoration of creek near Petersburg


January 5, 2017

PETERSBURG (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service is moving forward with a project to restore a stream south of Petersburg.

Ohmer Creek has been damaged by decades-old logging and road-building where it crosses under Mitkof Highway about 21 miles south of Petersburg. During construction of the roadway in 1959 and 1960, trees were cut from about 20 acres around the stream, leaving a swath of the creek where heavy rains can erode the banks, KFSK-FM reported.

Forest Service hydrologist Heath Whitacre said the project is planning to add wood, create new structures and add cover to fish-rearing ponds...

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