The Fall Creek uplands and lake provide more than 3,500 acres of habitat for a wide variety of wildlife including waterfowl, upland game birds, song birds, bald eagles, osprey, black-tailed deer and other species. Rare species found here include salmon, red-legged frogs, and western pond turtles. Western bluebirds and other songbirds breed in nest boxes maintained by the Corps.
The Willamette Valley Environmental Stewardship program focuses on restoring degraded uplands, wetlands and streams on Corps lands. Recent efforts to improve habitat quality for wildlife on Corps’ lands center on replacement of exotic and invasive plants with native trees and shrubs, and restoration of hydrology and topography to support native plant communities and wildlife habitat.
To mitigate impacts of Fall Creek Dam on Chinook salmon, the Corps operates an adult fish collection facility at the base of the dam. The facility collects returning salmon and Corps personnel transport them upstream to spawn. The Corps also promotes resident fisheries within Fall Creek in co-operations with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Additionally, the Corps supports ongoing efforts for recovery of the Oregon chub within the Fall Creek basin.