Green Island, near the confluence of the McKenzie and the Willamette, is the site of ongoing floodplain restoration by the McKenzie River Trust. Read their account of this project in light of the January 2012 flood event.
Gary Horning and his son Steve grow many iconic Willamette Valley crops on their family farm near Monroe, Oregon, including grass seed and hazelnuts. But soon the Hornings will add a different kind of crop to the list – native trees like black cottonwood and Oregon ash that once formed a forest where their farm is now.
In early March, restoration contract crews planted 52,000 trees on 38 acres of GLT lands along the Willamette River floodplain at Harkens Lake (north of Monroe), and Horseshoe Lake and Little Willamette (south of Albany). Nearly two dozen different species were planted, including Oregon white oak, Oregon ash, Indian plum, Snowberry, Cottonwood, Spiraea, and Willow. These plantings are integral to the ongoing restoration efforts to cultivate a floodplain forest on these key Willamette River properties...
Willamette Futures, the upcoming documentary film from Corvallis based Freshwaters Illustrated, was featured at the 2013 Environmental Film Festival in Washington, DC. Director Jeremy Monroe discusses the film and previews some amazing footage in this video story from LinkTV's environmental magazine, Earth Focus.
Featuring extensive habitats that are increasingly endangered in the Willamette Valley, the Willamette Confluence project includes six miles of river corridor, floodplain forest, wetlands, upland oak woodlands and native prairie. The Nature Conservancy acquired this property in 2010, making a grand total of 4,700 acres of protected land at this critical site. Read about this pivotal purchase and plans to restore the area in this announcement from TNC.