|Longley Meadows Restoration Project, Alta Cunha Ranches and Moss Creek Ranches |
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.