Spring Box Project restores rare oak prairie and savanna
In 2012, the Friends began restoring rare prairie and oak savanna habitat in the “Spring Box Savanna,” a 55-acre site on Lane County’s Buford Park. This new collaborative project with Lane County is removing blackberry, Scot’s broom and other invasive exotics. These restoration actions will be followed by sowing native grass and wildflower seed.
View our FBP Springbox Savanna Project Overview (view PDF)
After reducing the “fuel loads” of the woody blackberry, we plan to reintroduce periodic ecological fire in Fall 2013 to maintain the restored oak savanna, working in partnership with Oregon Department of Forestry.
The Friends secured funding from the United States Fish & Wildlife Services through the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to expand our efforts to restore the prairies and savannas of the greater Mt. Pisgah area. The project complements oak savanna restoration on The Nature Conservancy’s adjacent 1,270-acre Willamette Confluence Project, purchased from the Wildish family in 2010.
By coordinating invasive control, ecological fire and native seeding on contiguous sites, we will amplify the benefits and strengthen collaboration among the various public land managers in the Mt. Pisgah area.
The West Slope Trail #3 (which the Friends adopted and improved for hikers and equestrians) crosses the project and provides visitors an excellent vantage from which to watch the restoration process – and enjoy the improved vistas and diverse wildflowers.