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Land Board Awards 2004
Stream Project Award
Longley Meadows Restoration Project, Alta Cunha Ranches and Moss Creek Ranches
   -- LaGrande

 
 
 
Ranch owners, from left, Shauna Mosgrove, Carla Cunha and Kelly Stinnett, with dog Cap, pose on the banks of the Grande Ronde river west of LaGrande, where root wads were anchored to reduce erosion, divert river current and improve fish habitat.
 

 
 
 
 
Ranch owners Carla Cunha, Shauna Mosgrove and Kelly Stinnett and numerous partners launched the project with planning in 1999 and construction from 2002 to 2004.
 
The purpose of the project was to restore in-stream, riparian and wetland habitat along seven miles of three creeks and the main stem of the Grande Ronde River west of LaGrande. The project included building seven miles of fence to keep livestock away from the creeks and river, planting 40,000 shrubs and trees and developing nine off-channel water sources for livestock.
 
The project used state-of-the-art stream restoration techniques to restore creek and river channels to historical configurations. Project partners included several local, state and federal agencies, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the Bonneville Power Administration.
 
 
Ranch owners and agency partners receive the award at the April 12, 2005,
State Land Board meeting.
 
 
 
 

Wetland Project Award
Vanport Wetland Mitigation Site, Port of Portland
 
 

Proclaiming the old Radio Towers site the new “Vanport Wetlands” during early stages of the Port of Portland project are, from left, Susan Barthel, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services; Jay Mower, Columbia Slough Watershed Council; Denise Rennis, Port of Portland; Joe Annett, Office of Neighborhood Involvement; and Guy Mount, Mount Trailers.
 
 

 
 
 
 
The Port of Portland created the 60-acre wetland near the Portland International Raceway and Expo Center to mitigate for impacts to wetlands due to development at several nearby port properties.
 
Construction began in 2001 with planting completed in 2003 on the highly visible site west of Interstate 5. The area adds to a large continuous corridor with Force Lake and Columbia Slough systems to the west.
 
The project involved eradicating noxious weeds and replanting the area with native plants. Changes to water control at the site have raised water levels. The work has greatly increased the population of birds and other wildlife, making the area a popular site for wildlife viewing.
 
The port and other organizations also are using the site as a research area for controlling invasive plant species. 
  
 

Port of Portland staff members and project consultants receive the award
at the April 12, 2005, State Land Board meeting.