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Workers prepare to plant native trees at Willamette Mission, Gervais
EarthShare Oregon -- Willamette Riverkeeper Restores Willamette Mission
Floodplain forests provide critical habitat for diverse species of fish and wildlife. With winter rains, the Willamette River swells frequently, flooding adjacent forests and farmlands. When floodplains interact with our river, astonishing things happen to improve water quality, replenish groundwater, and nurture the food web for diverse species of fish and wildlife.
Willamette Riverkeeper is working in close partnership with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to enhance one of the largest remaining tracts (over 600 acres) of floodplain forest in the Willamette Valley at Willamette Mission. Over the past two years, diverse invasive plant species have been treated across a 207-acre landscape on Beaver Island to prepare for a large-scale planting. While the plants are dormant in the winter of 2015-2016, contractors will install over 125,000 native trees and shrubs.