Madrone Meadow Upland Habitat Restoration

Location

Private land near Fall Creek, OR

Target Habitat

Oak woodland and prairie

Timeline

2017 – 19        

Project Size

7 acres (4 acres woodland, 3 acres prairie)

Partners

Tanya and Jim (landowners); US Fish & Wildlife Service (technical assistance and Partners Program); Walama Restoration (invasive species removal)

Funding

Summary

Oak woodlands, savannas and upland prairie habitats are rapidly disappearing in the Willamette Valley – less than five percent of oak woodland and less than one percent of prairie habitats remain. They contain some of the highest diversity of plants and are of great value to wildlife. This 55-acre property located near Fall Creek has remnants of oak woodland and savanna habitat as well as wet and upland prairies, but, much like at Dorris Ranch and in the Thurston Hills, these habitats are being threatened by Douglas fir, non-native trees and invasive weeds. Tanya and Jim have lived on this land for 25 years and have dedicated a significant amount of their time and money to restore their property. We are excited to have received a grant from Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to help them further this work through oak release and invasive species removal. Tanya and Jim also recently enrolled their property in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program  which will provide technical assistance and access to restoration tools for years to come. We really love working with Tanya because of her enthusiasm for native plants and her dedication to restoring her property to the best habitat condition possible!

Photos

Camas and oak, what a pair!
Pre-Project Conditions - thick blackberry in the understory
Overcrowded woodland in need of thinning
Frosty Oregon Grape
Tanya's property is covered in native wildflowers in the spring