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May 2019

Oakridge Tree Planting Festival

May 3 - May 5

The Oakridge Tree Planting Festival celebrates the heritage of Oakridge through this three day festival. Events include the WoodFest, Quilt Show, Dinner Theater, Community Arts Fair, Grand Parad, Mini Olympics, Pioneer Museum and the Salmon Creek Run/Walk. Join us at the Grand Parade and go home with your very own seedling! We hope to see you there. For more information visit: oakridgewestfirtreeplantingfestival.com

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Fall Creek Wildflower Hike

May 8 @ 5:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Registration for this event is now closed as we have reached our registration limit. Please email contact@middleforkwillamette.org if you would like to be added to a wait list. Thanks! Join us for an exclusive opportunity to learn from a local wildflower expert on her own property! We will be touring the property of Tanya Harvey as she guides us through the native plants that she has seeded throughout her property. Tanya, and her husband Jim, have lived on this land…

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Science Pub – Coal Creek Floodplain Restoration

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brewer’s Union 180, 48329 E 1st St
Oakridge, OR 97463 United States
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Rivers and streams are dynamic environments that are constantly changing. Or at least they should be. For the last 50 years, Coal Creek was static – confined to constructed berms that kept it channelized and didn’t allow water to flow out onto the floodplain. This summer we will be restoring a 20 acre section of Coal Creek to a more natural condition, creating diverse habitat that will benefit fish and wildlife species and increase water storage. Please join the US…

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MFWWC Board of Directors Meeting

May 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MFWWC office, 38259 Wheeler Road
Dexter, OR United States
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Our Board of Directors meetings are always open to the public. They are held each month on the fourth Wednesday of the month at our offices in Dexter. If you are interested in joining us or have any questions please contact our office at 458-215-8200 or email us at contact@middleforkwillamette.org.

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June 2019

Coal Creek Floodplain Restoration Tour

June 12 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Rivers and streams are dynamic environments that are constantly changing. Or at least they should be. For the last 50 years, Coal Creek was static – confined to constructed berms that kept it channelized and didn’t allow water to flow out onto the floodplain. This summer we will be restoring a 20 acre section of Coal Creek to a more natural condition, creating diverse habitat that will benefit fish and wildlife species and increase water storage. Join us and our…

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August 2019

Science Pub: Freshwater Mussels

August 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hilltop Bar & Grill, 35831 OR-58 #2
Pleasant Hill, OR 97455
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Did you know that we have freshwater mussels living in our very own Middle Fork Willamette? These molluscs can act as filters in our water and are an important indicator of the health of a river. Come learn from our local freshwater mussel expert, Emilie Blevins of the Xerces Society, about their importance in our ecosystems! Come at 6pm and chat with our staff and order food, presentation will start promptly at 6:30pm. And, as usual, Hilltop Bar & Grill…

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Discover Your Watershed Tour: Watershed to Drinking Water

August 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

We take for granted that our drinking water comes out of our faucets clean and ready to drink, but do you ever wonder how it gets there? Join us for a chance to see behind the scenes and find out how water gets from the Middle Fork Willamette River into homes and businesses across Springfield. Springfield Utility Board employees will take us on a tour of a wellfield and treatment site explaining how they ensure that the water coming into…

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September 2019

Annual Watershed Celebration

September 11 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
MFWWC office, 38259 Wheeler Road
Dexter, OR United States
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Please join us in celebrating our watershed and all the great work you have helped us with this year. We will be having a backyard BBQ with delicious food, live music, lawn games and good people. Bring the family and enjoy the kids' activity corner with our stream table, coloring, and a special appearance by a US Forest service fire truck! For the adults we will have beer, lawn games, and music by the Eugene Barnstormers. Bring yourself, your kids…

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October 2019

Great Willamette Cleanup

October 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oakridge Greenwaters Park, 48362 Highway 58
Oakridge, OR 97463 United States
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Hosted on the first Saturday of October, the annual Great Willamette Clean Up is a river-wide, community day-of-action.  Volunteers participate by canoe, kayak, SUP board, raft, motor boat, jet ski, drift boat, bike, and by foot to free our river of trash and debris, while improving habitat and community spirit along the way. The Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council will be hosting the Greenwaters Park cleanup again this year. Please meet at the Greenwaters Park Pavilion where participants will split…

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Science Pub: Oregon’s Ancient Forests

October 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hilltop Bar & Grill, 35831 OR-58 #2
Pleasant Hill, OR 97455
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Dripping coastal forests of giant Douglas-firs, high desert groves of massive ponderosa pines, and lush mixed conifer forests surrounding jagged Cascade peaks--Oregon’s ancient forests are vital to our state's future - for clean water, climate change, wildlife, recreation, and so much more. Chandra LeGue, Western Oregon Field Coordinator for Oregon Wild (and Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council board member), has published just the guide to help you get to know and love these incredible places - "Oregon’s Ancient Forests: A…

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