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North Santiam River

Meet the elder statesman of the Willamette Basin planting community

Abraham Franco has been restoring floodplain forests for so long, he frequently finds himself walking under the shade of forests he planted as twigs.

A veteran worker in Oregon's reforestation industry, Franco has planted millions of trees in our woods and wetlands. Learn how his career took him from Cascade timberlands to the Willamette Valley, where he turns barren streamsides into lush habitats.
 

Bear Branch 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 Bear Branch Creek as a target area for restoration. Currently, salmonid populations in Bear Branch are limited by excessively warm summer water temperatures, a lack of adequate spawning gravel and a lack of overwintering habitat due to poor connection with the floodplain.

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.

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