The project will increase channel complexity and improve habitat conditions within targeted reaches of Aptos Creek by accelerating recruitment of large wood to the channel in ways that mimic natural recruitment processes. The project approach is to source wood locally by utilizing existing medium-growth Coast Redwood trees adjacent to the creek that are either unhealthy, stump sprouted trunks, and/or part of dense stands that could benefit from targeted thinning. Pre-identified trees will be felled in strategic directions directly into the stream channel using manual hand falling techniques (no heavy equipment), with some subsequent degree of field fitting using winches. Trees with a DBH of between 20”-36” were targeted to ensure adequate strength of wood, long-term survival and function of wood, and reduce the number of trees given desired level of wood loading. All trees to be removed were identified based on field guidance from State Parks environmental staff and were chosen while keeping in mind minimization of impacts on canopy cover and shading, protection of wildlife and wildlife trees, and future natural recruitment of large wood. The project will lead to improved instream habitat for salmonids along stream reaches that are largely devoid of large wood. Expected project benefits include sediment retention, development of riffles, creation and maintenance of pools, floodplain activation, and improved cover habitat.