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Don’t be surprised to see a helicopter hoisting logs to Terrell Creek over the next few days

FERNDALE, Wash. — Whatcom County Public Works (WCPW) officials say not to be concerned if you see a low-flying helicopter carrying logs in the area of Terrell Creek between Kickerville Road and Jackson Road over the next few days. This work is being done to improve fish habitat in the creek according to WCPW.

Around 200 pieces of woody debris will be placed along 2.5 miles of Terrell Creek. The locally sourced logs of cedar and fir weigh between 5,000-9,000 lbs and include the tree root wad. The project is part of the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association Terrell Creek Restoration Plan and will benefit salmon and other aquatic species. Work is being done by Tiger Construction using a helicopter to avoid damage to the site.

Whatcom County Public Works (August 10, 2020)

Work area highlighted on map.

The mitigation work is part of the larger Birch Bay Drive berm and pedestrian improvements project, 1 of the largest projects ever undertaken by WCPW.

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The habitat improvements are scheduled to take place between August 10th and 12th. The work is on private property and WCPW warns the public should not attempt to approach the area.

The helicopter being brought in is a Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight, a medium-lift tandem-rotor transport helicopter.

Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopter. Source: Wikipedia (public domain photo)

This story was updated 11:30am on August 11th to reflect the make and model of the helicopter being used.

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