Southern Oregon Land Conservancy (SOLC)
In June 2017, SOLC purchased Rogue River Preserve in Jackson County with funds that included $1,385,255 from OWEB. The Preserve comprises 352 acres and approximately 2 river miles and was at risk for degradation or destruction of the property’s natural systems by residential development. The Preserve contains a variety of natural systems that are a conservation priority, including riparian forest, wetlands, seasonal streams and swales, vernal pools and mounded prairie, oak woodland and savanna, and chaparral. The riparian forest system is the second-largest on the upper 100 miles of the Rogue River.
SOLC manages the Preserve for protection of its significant biodiversity, including more than 300 species of vascular plants and 100 species of birds. Sensitive species include OWEB priorities such as Coho salmon, Chinook salmon, Lewis’s woodpecker, blue-gray gnatcatcher, oak titmouse, and northwestern pond turtle. SOLC has also used the Preserve to reestablish large-flowered woolly meadowfoam, a plant protected under the Endangered Species Act.
OWEB holds a conservation easement on Rogue River Preserve, ensuring use consistent with the purpose of the land acquisition grant -- the maintenance and restoration of watersheds and habitat for native fish and wildlife. SOLC occasionally hosts public and volunteer events and provides educational opportunities at the Preserve but does not allow unsupervised public use.
Top photo by Frank Lospalluto
Middle photo by Thomas Craig
Lower photo by Jim Harper
For complete reports on this and other OWEB projects, please search OWEB's Grant Management System (OGMS).