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Valentine Creek Model Watershed

This sub-basin is located in the upper extent of the Lower North Santiam watershed, the most populated area of the watershed. The draft Endangered Species Act Recovery Plan for Upper Willamette Salmon and Steelhead identifies Valentine Creek as a target area for restoration, and historically the area had significant oak savanna and prairie habitats.

Bear Creek Model Watershed

As part of the Willamette Model Watershed Program, work in the Bear Creek subbasin is aimed at reaching out to property owners and working with them to enhance stream health and habitat for fish and wildlife. The focus includes improving the connection between Bear Creek and its historic floodplain, restoring fish passage by addressing problem culverts and other barriers, enhancing wetlands, controlling target weed species, and revegetating riparian zones to benefit water quality and habitat for cutthroat trout and other native species.

Coyote Creek Model Watershed

As part of the Model Watershed Program, and similar to work in Ferguson and Bear creek focus subwatersheds, work in the Coyote Creek basin is aimed at reaching out to property owners and working with them to enhance stream health and habitat for fish and wildlife. The focus includes improving stream and floodplain interaction, restoring fish passage by addressing problem culverts and other barriers, enhancing wetlands, controlling target weed species, and revegetating riparian zones to benefit water quality and habitat for native species, such as cutthroat trout.

Middle Reach Calapooia Model Watershed

The middle stretch of the Calapooia has gone through substantial changes in the past to control flood potential, but remains well-connected to a dynamic floodplain and offers many opportunities for enhancing fish and wildlife habitat. WRI supports landowner outreach and restoration efforts to increase channel complexity and connection to the floodplain along this reach.

Courtney Creek Model Watershed

This large tributary in the southern portion of the Calapooia Watershed includes valuable upland oak savanna and vernal pond habitat, supporting wintering bird populations and other critical species such as cutthroat trout, spring Chinook, winter steelhead and Western pond turtles. Funds from the WRI support landowner outreach and planning, implementation, and monitoring of habitat restoration efforts, including riparian planting, large wood placement, fencing and pasture management along Courtney Creek and Brush Creek, one of its major tributaries.

Luckiamute State Natural Area

The Luckiamute State Natural Area (LSNA) covers nearly 925 acres of state-owned land between the Luckiamute River and the mainstem Willamette. WRI's Mainstem program supports the LWC to work on restoring 80 acres of wetlands and riparian areas in the LSNA in partnership with Oregon Parks and Recreation.

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