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Darlingtonia State Natural Area
Darlingtonia Project

Darlingtonia State Natural Site, located in Lane County, 5 miles North of Florence is one of OPRD's most popular rest areas on Hwy 101.  It is the only Oregon state park property dedicated to the protection of a single plant species. Over the last several decades the wetland has been altered due to changes in the hydrology.  As the wetland becomes drier, more trees and shrubs get a foothold.  These woody plants transpire more moisture out of the system and shade the sun loving pitcher plants.
Wetland specialists from ODOT and the US Forest Service spent several hours walking the area to understand the waterflow.  Representatives from the Heceta Water District and Lane County spent time discussing the culverts and placement of the water main. 
Trees and shrubs will be removed to halt the succession of the wetland to a forested system.  The next step is to experiment with manipulating the waterflow by creating several sand bag dams.  The goal is to back up the water and make the wetland wetter.