Selective clearing at Addicks Reservoir involves identifying and removing downed trees or trees at imminent risk of failure. The work is performed by hand, using chainsaws, machetes, and ropes. Contractors travel the channel on foot, through environmentally sensitive areas with few if any roads. A secondary focus of this operation is to leave as much of the native understory as possible, while clearing non-native species.
In 2016, selective clearing crews worked along Langham Creek, formally identified as HCFCD Unit U100-00-00, from Addicks-Satsuma Road to Clay Road. Crews also targeted South Mayde Creek, formally identified as HCFCD Unit U101-00-00, from Greenhouse Road downstream to tributary U101-15-00, which feeds into South Mayde Creek about 1.5 miles downstream of Barker Cypress.