Aquatic Habitat Restoration
Salmon habitat enhancement, stream restoration with large wood, fish passage improvement, and riparian forest replanting have been accomplished on private lands through long-standing cooperative agreements with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and local Watershed Councils. Locations include Bear Creek and its tributaries, and Cottonwood Creek.
For before and after views of our work installing a larger culvert to improve fish passage, see this poster for a workshop in 2010.
Riparian Habitat Restoration
Goals for Lomakatsi’s Riparian Restoration Projects:
— decrease stream temperatures;
— stabilize stream banks;
— improve water quality;
— add large woody material to the creek;
— encourage native species regeneration;
— reduce the amount of non-native, invasive plants;
— decrease fire risk;
— improve bird and wildlife habitat; and
— engage youth and community members in the restoration process through place-based, service-learning environmental education.
Medford Bear Creek Riparian Restoration Project – Spencer St.
Info & Directions: Located on Medford Parks Property, this 4 acre streamside restoration project is sponsored by the National Audubon Society and Toyota through a Together Green Innovation Grant and administered by Lomakatsi Restoration Project. Project partners include Lomakatsi, Rogue Valley Audubon Society, Bear Creek Watershed Council, Medford Tree Committee and Logos Charter School.
Directions: Park at the mulch piles at the end of Spencer St. Walk approximately 50 yards along dirt road parallel to I-5 or just look for volunteers working.
For a Google map link, click here. See aerial photo here.
Ashland Creek Ponds Riparian Restoration Project
Info & Directions: Located at the confluence of Ashland and Bear Creeks, this is a collaborative community effort aimed at restoring degraded riparian habitat through the reestablishment of native trees and vegetation on 12 acres of Ashland Parks property. Project partners include Lomakatsi, City of Ashland, Parks & Recreation, Bear Creek Watershed Council and Helman Elementary School (Ashland School District).
Directions: Park at the Ashland dog park and walk down the Bear Creek Greenway approximately ¼ mile to site. For a Google map link, click here.