Help plant 2500+ trees and restore a stream
Volunteer tree planters (age 15+, please, for liability reasons) are needed on Saturday, March 31st from 9 am – 1 pm. Trees will be planted at the upper Sucker Creek Restoration Project in the Illinois Valley, outside Cave Junction, Oregon. The planting will take place on US Forest Service lands located near the Grayback Trailhead.
‘”Trees can do great things, both for the whole environment and for our project here,” explains Nancy Smebak, IVSWCD staff member. “Sucker Creek is an important spawning site for Coho salmon, and the trees that we plant shade the water to help young fish survive. Trees and shrubs also control erosion, keeping waters clean and the soil in place…It’s a great opportunity to help our Valley, and I encourage everyone to get involved.”
IVSWCD is coordinating local volunteers. Please contact Nancy at 541-592-3731 or by email at nancy-at ivstreamteam-dot-org for more information or to register as a volunteer. Please register by Monday, March 26th to allow us to prepare food and supplies for the event.
The Upper Sucker Creek Restoration is an ongoing, multi-year project with many partners. The restoration is a collaboration between local landowners, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Ecotrust, US Forest Service, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and the Illinois Valley Soil & Water Conservation District and IV Watershed Council.
To learn more about the restoration project, see these news articles:
In the Mail Tribune, 10 August 2011: “Going With the Flow”
In USFS Success Stories, 8 August 2009: “Forest Service and Watershed Council Team Up to Rebuild Salmon Habitat in SW Oregon”
In the Oregonian, 7 September 2008: “Wild Salmon Center Wants to direct money to healthy rivers”
To learn more about the economic benefits of restoration projects in Southern Oregon, see Ecotrust’s online article: