This grant supports OSU researcher Ed Peachey to conduct a 5-year study on controlling and eradicating invasive weeds to prepare sites for native plant restoration. Specifically, the research team will treat small test plots of weeds with different herbicides and application methods. In year two, they will cultivate native plants at the treated sites and monitor their progress to evaluate potential impacts of herbicides on their growth.
Can farms and wildlife coexist? Cook Family Farm, located in the Dever-Conner area near the confluence of the Santiam and Willamette Rivers, is a model of how they can. With Cook Farm as a case study, this project brings together diverse partners with the goal of helping processed vegetable growers in the Willamette Valley meet biodiversity standards set forth by the Food Alliance and NORPAC Foods for preserving wildlife habitat areas on farmland.