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Riparian Planting on South Fork Crooked River (Spring)

Where: South Fork Crooked River, Central Oregon
When: May 04, 2017 to May 07, 2017
Contact: Jefferson Jacobs
Phone: (541) 330-2638
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The South Fork of the Crooked River, has its source just above the South Fork Crooked River Wilderness Study Area (WSA).  After the river carves through the canyon in the WSA it passes through a patchwork of BLM lands and private ranches before reaching the main stem of the Crooked River.  The South Fork has been the historic home to anadromous fish, and has even been the site of successful redband reintroduction efforts in recent years.  However, due to irrigation withdrawals and being almost denuded of riparian deciduous woody vegetation, the river's water temperatures have risen and habitat quality has plummeted.

Through a multi-pronged approach with private landowners, federal land managers, and ONDA, the situation  will become significantly improved in the upper stretches of the river.  ONDA is working to seek Wilderness protection for the WSA, as well as improved grazing practices within the river corridor portion of the WSA which is a designated Area of Critical Environmental Concern.  In addition, ONDA has engaged with a private landowner who owns a large section of river frontage which borders the Wilderness Study Area.  The landowner has removed all grazing from this sizable property (the "Jake Place"), and has partnered with ONDA to help with this important restoration effort.  This trip will focus on a large-scale multi-year effort to completely revegetate the several miles of riparian habitat within the private land.

The main objective of this trip is to plant about about 2,000 willow and cottonwood slips. All of these plants will be protected by exclosures (fence) to keep deer, elk and beaver from damaging them until they can sustain the pressure.  New this year is the fact that we will be working in areas where land has been "irrigated" by the construction of beaver dam analogues in 2016.  No experience is necessary: We will teach you everything you need to know to work safely and ensure a high chance of survival for the plants.  There is ample opportunity to work at your own pace and on aspects that work best with your physical capabilities.

Please see website for additional details and registration information.

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