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Stage 0 Restoration in the Willamette Headwaters: Staley Creek, OR Case Study
Stage 0 is an innovative technique used to restore reach-scale hydrologic processes and promote habitat complexity and diverse community assemblages. Through this technique, we transformed Staley Creek from a single thread incised channel disconnected from its floodplain to an anastomosing network of channels reaching hundreds of feet across the floodplain.
"Stage 0" Alluvial Valley Restoration in the McKenzie River Sub-basin
In 2018, a 150 acre "Stage 0" restoration project was implemented on the South Fork McKenzie River, whereby 90,000 cubic yards of sediment was removed from onsite and used to fill and raise the streambed elevation of the incised single-thread channel to create an anastomosing system with very high floodplain connectivity.
Environmental Leadership for Youth: Empowering Underserved Youth as Conservation Leaders
The Environmental Leadership for Youth (ELY) program is a partnership providing a series of multi-day trainings in leadership, career access and STEAM education with an emphasis on watershed management for underserved high school youth in the Willamette Valley. The program also works to increase the diversity, equity and inclusion capacity of participating watershed councils. For youth, the program culminates in a community project with a local council. Primary partners include OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon 4-H, OSU Office of Outreach and Engagement and, in 2018, the Calapooia, Middle Fork Willamette and Marys River Watershed Councils.
From Seed to Sapling: A Life-Cycle Analysis of a Willamette Restoration Plant
Through support from Meyer Memorial Trust, Arbor Day Foundation, One Tree Planted and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Bonneville Environmental Foundation has delivered over 4 million woody bareroot plants to supply a massive Willamette restoration effort since 2012. Each year, this feat is carried out by twenty plus restoration and conservation based partner organizations and government agencies in true collaborative fashion. Every native plant travels on an extensive journey from the time it's seed is harvested at its collection site to when it is planted as a sapling back into the Willamette riverine or upland landscape.
Preserving Farmland - Supporting Conservation, Business, and Communities
Oregon's well-managed agricultural lands support valuable fish and wildlife habitat, and enhance other natural resources. Yet farms and ranches are increasingly challenged by fragmentation, conversion to non-farm uses, and planning for generational transfers. Learn about the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program, tools like working land easements, and how Oregonians are integrating agricultural and conservation values.
OPRD Willamette River Restoration Projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) administers approximately 9,800 acres at more than 100 sites along the Willamette River, managing natural resources to protect fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and reduce invasive species. Currently, almost 40 habitat restoration or enhancement projects are completed or active, with more identified in the 10-year OPRD Willamette Basin Natural Resource Strategic Action Plan. These projects are possible thanks to the efforts of partner organizations, volunteers, and a diverse array of funders. The poster will highlight the locations, status, and types of projects underway. Handouts will highlight notable projects and OPRD initiatives.
OPRD Strategic Stewardship and Restoration in the Willamette River Basin
In 2017 Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) created the OPRD Willamette Basin Natural Resource Strategic Action Plan, a 10-year guide for natural resource restoration and stewardship for the 134 OPRD-managed sites in the Willamette Basin. The plan covers more than 23,000 acres in the Willamette River Basin, ranging from Willamette River Greenways to upland sites. Sites range from 1/4 acre to more than 9,000 acres. The poster will summarize the plan, and handouts will provide additional detail.
Willamette-Laja Twinning Project, Opportunities for Cross-Cultural Exchange
The Willamette River Initiative has been engaged in cross-cultural exchange with the Rio Laja basin, Guanajuato, Mexico since 2015. The Twinning Project is currently focused on linking youth and university students with exchange activities and curriculum based on shared migratory birds. Primary Willamette partners for these exchanges and education program include Benton SWCD, Calapooia Watershed Council, Marys River Watershed Council, Institute for Applied Ecology, Rosario Franco and Family, Greenbelt Land Trust, and Cascade Pacific RC&D.
Work Underway in Support of Watersheds and People Experiencing Houselessness
We provide an overview of two regional coalitions working to advance programming that serves watersheds and unhoused people. First, Willamette Riverkeeper's River Guardians program partners with cities across the southern and central Willamette Valley to develop a volunteer coalition to address river health along the urban riparian corridors impacted by human activity and includes clean up and monitoring efforts, as well as engagement opportunities with unhoused populations and community officials working together to resolve trash and debris build up, safety concerns, water quality and environmental degradation. Second, a partnership in the Portland metro region comprised of social service and natural resource organizations is working to 1) pilot flexible, low barrier employment opportunities for unhoused people to steward natural resource areas and 2) provide targeted trainings to natural resource professionals.
Best Practices in River Restoration to Protect Declining Native Freshwater Mussels
Freshwater mussels are important to many aquatic ecosystems in the western US, including those in the Willamette Basin. Although aquatic restoration projects have the potential to benefit mussels, mussel beds can be destroyed by common restoration and construction practices. This poster introduces recommendations (BMPs) that are aimed at helping restoration practitioners avoid mussel kills and thereby protect the valuable contributions mussels provide our imperiled fish and aquatic ecosystems.
Building Trust through Community Engagement: How Early Efforts Create Long Term Gains
Community engagement is often thought of after the fact, something to do when the "real" work of restoration is finished. But intertwining community engagement and restoration work from the very beginning can benefit the organization, the field work, and the community. Through this poster we will explore a bottom up method of community engagement that focuses on events, social media, and partnerships that results in a greater engagement and acceptance of projects.
Willamette Falls Riverwalk: Restoring Habitat and Public Access Lost to Generations of Industrialization at Willamette Falls in Oregon City
Willamette Falls, the United States' second largest waterfall by volume, spans the Willamette River between Oregon City and West Linn. Industrial development, beginning in the 1830s, greatly modified the riverbank with industrial structures and blocked Willamette Falls from public access. The closure of the Blue Heron paper mill in 2011 allowed the opportunity to create a vision for a healthier riverbank and bring public access to Willamette Falls for the first time in more than 150 years.
Water is the Connection - Pesticides and Salmon Recovery in the Willamette Basin
Numerous pesticides are routinely detected within the streams of the Willamette Basin, not infrequently at concentrations exceeding benchmark or regulatory levels. The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued numerous Biological Opinions, to date concluding jeopardy and/or adverse modification for 75% of the analyzed pesticides. While salmon recovery work on habitat proceeds, water contamination receives little attention, and chemical companies are trying to weaken standards further inside the EPA and through legislation and lawsuits, severely endangering already depleted salmon runs.
Linking Wetlands Benefits to Beneficiaries in the Willamette Valley
People recognize that functioning wetland and riparian areas can help individuals and organizations meet their natural resource management goals and mandates. However, tools are needed that allow people to prioritize where and for whom wetlands should be protected, enhanced or restored. We are developing novel tools that will quantify and link potential wetland ecosystem services to potential beneficiaries, thus allowing managers to evaluate the relative benefits provided by any wetland or riparian habitat in a watershed or basin.
Oregon's World Water Day Campaign
In 2018, Oregon Environmental Council partnered with Environment Oregon to launch the first statewide Oregon World Water Day campaign. In its first year, the campaign reached nearly 150,000 impressions on social media and engaged more than 30 organizations in promoting a shared narrative that "we are all part of Oregon's water future." Learn how your organization can leverage World Water Day 2019 to increase public engagement and watershed awareness in your community.
Green Workforce Academy: Partnering to Diversify Today's Green Movement
The Green Workforce Academy poster will outline the essential components of a collective impact initiative that supports the career development of Black and Native young adults in the green sector. A brief description of each partner organization, our culturally responsive approach to workforce development and lessons learned from a recent pilot will be provided, alongside images showing our graduates completing project-based learning.
The Current Status of Willamette River Freshwater Mussels
WR's posters cover multiple recent field seasons of study of freshwater mussels of the Willamette River. WR instigated two distinct studies, never before conducted on the Willamette, of the Western Pearlshell and other native mussels. WR also conducted a 100 mile survey for mussels in the mainstem Willamette in 2017, finding 12 distinct beds/assemblages.
UPRIVER in the Classroom - Adapting a Film on Willamette River Restoration for Middle and High School Teachers
Learn how the UPRIVER film has been adapted and packaged to reach 6-12 classrooms and environmental educators through standards-based content and curriculum, and how a group of ambassador teachers are using and testing the curriculum throughout the Willamette Valley in 2018-19 school year.