Milestone reached on Confluence River Restoration Project

September 10, 2016 in Habitat, In the News, Land Protection by Friends of Buford Park  |  Comments Off on Milestone reached on Confluence River Restoration Project

After a full summer of excavation work, Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) completed construction of a major river restoration project at the confluence of the Coast and Middle Forks of the Willamette near Mt. Pisgah.

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Project partners from The Nature Conservancy, Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah inspect the completed perennial connection excavated where Russel Creek flows into the Willamette River.

The project took place across 200 acres on three ownerships (Friends, TNC and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department). This piece of work was the second of three stages of a project being implemented between 2014 and 2018 by The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the Friends and multiple other partners. This summer, the partners connected ten former gravel mining pits to the river, benefiting salmon, turtles, river otter, beavers and other aquatic species. Aside from the positive habitat outcomes resulting from the project, the restoration of Turtle Flats and Willamette Confluence Preserve will also help improve water quality for EWEB’s future drinking water intake facility, planned less than a mile downstream.

An excavator at work in July 2016 constructing a channel to connect a pond to the river. A new connection between two ponds is in the foreground.

An excavator at work in July 2016 constructing a channel to connect a pond to the river. A new connection between two ponds is in the foreground.

Volunteers played a major role in site preparation, removing invasive species in advance of the earth moving. We now look forward to the re-vegetation stage and invite volunteers to help with planting native species and continue the work to remove invasive species. Contact volunteer @ bufordpark.org to get involved.

The Friends welcomes contributions to its Mt. Pisgah Stewardship Endowment to provide perpetual support for the long-term maintenance and stewardship of habitat in the Mt. Pisgah area.  Contact development @ bufordpark.org to learn more.

Read the press release for more detail.

View KVAL’s coverage of the news.

View The Register-Guard coverage of the news: here from Sept. 9 and here from Sept. 16

Posted in Habitat, In the News, Land Protection.