Lomakatsi’s 6th Annual Streamside Forest Recovery Week, November 6-11, 2013
During our week-long riparian restoration event, over 450 students from kindergarten through high school planted and mulched hundreds of native trees and shrubs at 3 sites along Bear, Ashland, and Paradise Creeks to improve habitat for threatened salmon and other wildlife. The event is part of Lomakatsi’s Restoration Ecology Education Program, engaging students, volunteers, and youth in hands-on education and service learning activities to promote long-term, community-based stewardship.
For example, students from Medford’s Logos Charter School planted native trees and shrubs at the Bear Creek Riparian Forest Restoration Project. This six acre project, located near Spencer Street in Medford, was launched two years ago and has been adopted by the Logos School.
And at the Community Service Day on Saturday, volunteers joined Lomakatsi, Bear Creek Watershed Council, and the City of Ashland Parks Department to perform maintenance tasks at the Ashland Creek Ponds Riparian Restoration Project. Tasks included installing protective wire around planted trees and removing invasive blackberry.
As in nature, Streamside Forest Recovery Week was a major collaboration, and many thank-yous are called for:
— to our partners OSU Extension, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Ashland School District, Medford Logos Charter School, Bear Creek Watershed Council, SOLV, Ashland and Medford Parks Department, and Lithia Spring Boys and Girls Homes;
— and to our special instructors:
* Rachel Werling, OSU Extension Natural Resources Instructor, who joined Lomakatsi for a day at Willow Wind Community Learning Center to lead students in macro-invertebrate identification activities and discuss how the presence of different “water bugs” can indicate the health of the creek.
* Jennifer Jones, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Wildlife Biologist and Schoolyard Habitat Coordinator, who helped with the riparian plantings at Willow Wind. This year, Lomakatsi received a Schoolyard Habitat grant to continue restoration work Lomakatsi began in 1997 on the Willow Wind Community Learning Center property at the confluence of Paradise and Bear Creeks in Ashland.
— and, of course, to all the individual students and volunteers who made it happen!
We look forward to another successful Streamside Forest Recovery Week next year!