The Nature Conservancy in Oregon

2013 Volunteers: A Force for Nature

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During our Kilchis River work party, volunteers remove barbed wire and helped with measures to control invasive Canada thistle.

Volunteers James Thompson and Doug White are all smiles during a crew leader training in Portland. Crew leaders direct work parties around the state and commit to leading two events during the field season.

Volunteers take a break from their work removing invasive blackberry plants at Cascade Head Preserve, a spectacular coastal headland near Lincoln City that is home to the threatened Oregon silverspot butterfly and Cascade Head catchfly.

Volunteer Mieke Vrijmoet surveys sloughs for northern red-legged frog egg masses at the Willamette Confluence Preserve.

The Yamhill Family Day work party turned out a large group of volunteers who collected native seed, removed fencing and helped remove invasive species.

Volunteers clean seeds as part of a native seed collection project at Yamhill Oaks Preserve. This work will benefit Willamette Valley prairie restoration.

A group of volunteer naturalists review information at our Camassia Preserve. Volunteer naturalists greet visitors, answer questions and help enforce visitor guidelines at our most heavily visited preserves.

On a break from naturalist training at Cascade Head, volunteer Leia Minch sharpens her photography skills.

At our Juniper Hills Preserve, volunteers planted over 800 native plants in the upper meadow restoration area. They also installed protective cages around plants and applied 300 pounds of seed to quarter-mile long areas parallel to stream.

Our volunteers stand around the fruits of their labor—a 5-foot pile of invasive ivy—after a 5-hour work party at our Camassia Natural Area. The 27-acre preserve is home to over 300 plant species, including several rare ones.

At the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve, two Conservancy volunteers organized 25 community volunteers to collect antler sheds. The group collected 1,294 pounds of antlers over 12 days, and the proceeds from their sale benefitted the local 4H and Future Farmers of America youth program.

Longtime volunteer Ellis Feinstein donated time and expertise to install improved communications systems at our Sycan and Zumwalt Prairie preserves, resulting in increased safety and dependability.

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