The Foster Lake Project covers more than 1,800 acres and provides habitat for several rare species including the northern spotted owl, steelhead and cutthroat trout, Chinook salmon, the western pond turtle and several amphibians.
The Willamette Valley Environmental Stewardship program focuses on restoration of degraded uplands, wetlands and streams on Corps lands. Recent efforts to improve habitat quality for wildlife on Corps lands in these areas center on replacing invasive plants with native trees and shrubs, and restoring hydrology and topography to support native plant communities and wildlife habitat.
To mitigate impacts of Corps dams on Chinook salmon and winter steelhead within the South Santiam River Basin, the Corps constructed the South Santiam Fish Hatchery and a fish collection facility at the base of Foster Dam. Fish collected at the facility are transported back to the hatchery or released above Foster Dam to access upstream spawning habitat. These facilities are operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife with funds provided by the Corps. Additionally, the Corps supports ongoing efforts for recovery of the Oregon chub within the South Santiam basin.