Posted by: plreber | November 4, 2008

September/October Events Update

The Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Show on Sunday, October 26th, was the most successful mushroom show ever with over 5,000 people attending.  Many stopped by our booth and signed up for more information or to volunteer!

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At the Garden Lake Park Work Party on Saturday, October 25th, over 25 students and adults participated in cutting blackberries and mulching trails with bark. Special thanks to the UO Softball team and Creswell High School!

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More than 30 people attended an update on the Willamette Valley Floodplain Restoration Feasibility Study on October 22nd. The presentation included large maps of the watershed prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The maps showed possible projects that could help return the river’s floodplain to its historical condition, with areas color coded to indicate levels of project feasibility as well as existing projects.  Corps Project Manager Christine Budai explained that the maps showed 35 possible areas for restoration.  Eventually 10 will be selected for which the Corps will pursue congressional funding.

Both the Coast Fork and Middle Fork Watershed Councils in partnership with the Corps will be contacting landowners in the flood plain and making site visits to possible restoration areas.  With input from landowners, they will assess the level of local interest and feasibility for pursuing each project.  Eventually a draft of the 10 proposed projects will be sent to Washington, D.C., for congressional approval and funding.

Greg Taylor, fisheries biologist with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, outlined the effects floodplain restoration has had and may have on the fish populations in the valley.  He discussed water temperature control measures in effect at several dams and ongoing mitigation efforts to lessen the environmental impact of those dams.

Merri Martz, biologist with Tetra Tech, explained the Corps maps and project approval process.  She noted that some worthwhile projects may be identified that don’t make the top 10.  She expressed the possibility that the local watershed councils might be able to step in to execute and pursue other funding for them.

For an interesting and detailed view of the watershed maps and possible restoration projects, please stop by the Council office.
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The second annual Friends of Mosby Creek Picnic took place on Sunday, September 14th at Blue Mountain Park, with support of the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council. Mosby Creek is the focus of a broad collaboration between these local groups, ODFW, BLM, and Weyerhaeuser to improve habitat for spring Chinook, cutthroat trout, and Western pond turtles.

Volunteers created a display and interpretive signage of the native flora just for this event. The rustic site had floodplain and riparian characteristics that the council seeks to enhance in future projects with local landowners.

Site visits are beginning this winter! Please call the office at 767-9717 to schedule one today.

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