7th Annual Streamside Forest Recovery Week
November 10-14, 2015
Over 350 students and dozens of community volunteers planted and mulched hundreds of native trees and shrubs along Bear Creek and its critical tributaries in Ashland and Medford. As part of Lomakatsi’s Restoration Ecology Education Program, this event engages students in Lomakatsi’s active riparian restoration projects, providing hands-on experience in reestablishing and restoring streamside forests to improve salmon habitat and water quality.
Streamside Forest Recovery Week is part of Lomakatsi’s Restoration Ecology Education Program to promote long-term, community-based stewardship by engaging students, volunteers and youth in local hands-on ecological restoration.
Prior to students planting native trees and shrubs, Lomakatsi crews manually removed blackberries along the creeks, cleared planting spots, and dug planting holes in the soil.
Prior to Streamside Forest Recovery Week, Lomakatsi environmental educators led in-class presentations and nursery activities at Lomakatsi’s local native shade house plant nurseries in preparation for the planting event.
During the event, Lomakatsi restoration practitioners and environmental educators provided instruction on proper planting technique and taught students about the importance of streamside forest for providing important wildlife habitat and enhancing the health of riparian areas.
Students worked alongside Lomakatsi staff and volunteers to plant native trees and shrubs along Bear Creek, Ashland Creek, Lone Pine Creek, Crooked Creek and Paradise Creek located in Ashland and Medford.
Kindergarten through high school students planted a diversity of native trees and shrubs including Oregon ash, black cottonwood, red osier dogwood, and Oregon grape. Afterward, students mulched and watered to help their plant grow.
Students from St. Mary’s High School and Cascade Christian High School planted native trees and shrubs along Lone Pine Creek in Medford at Lomakatsi’s newest riparian restoration site. Native vegetation will grow to create shade for salmon and provide wildlife habitat here, a high priority due to the previous lack of vegetation.
Lomakatsi led a two-day riparian restoration event with Helman Elementary School at the Ashland Creek Ponds Riparian Restoration Project. Approximately 300 students from kindergarten through 5th grade planted native trees and shrubs along Bear and Ashland Creeks, and performed maintenance throughout the site on previous plantings.
Students from Southern Oregon University’s Masters of Science in Environmental Education Program volunteered to assist with the planting events. For many of them, Recovery Week was one of their first opportunities to gain experience providing hands-on environmental education.
We sincerely appreciate the additional volunteer help and in-kind donations of supplies provided by the following local organizations and businesses during Recovery Week: 3Degrees, Plant Oregon, Upper Limb-It Tree Service, Treemendous, Barlett Tree Service, ACE Hardware, REI, Trader Joe’s, and Grange Coop.
We’re thankful to our partners Ashland School District, Siskiyou School, Medford Logos Charter School, Cascade Christian High School, St. Mary’s School, OSU Extension, Bear Creek Watershed Council, Ashland and Medford Parks Department, and Lithia Spring Boys Programs for helping make this year’s Streamside Forest Recovery Week a success!
Thank you to the following Streamside 2014 sponsors and contributors: Cascade Stream Solutions, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Power’s Blue Sky Habitat Fund, Wellsprings, ScienceWorks, Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District, Middle Rogue Steelheaders, The Freshwater Trust, Pacific Domes. Your contribution supports the continuation of Lomakatsi’s youth education program and serves as a long-term investment in forest and stream habitat health!