Why You Should Visit
Named after the rare and endangered rough popcornflower that thrives here, this preserve is one of the Umpqua Valley’s best remaining examples of wet prairie.
Native grasses grow throughout, and seasonal flooding leads to an explosion of wildflowers in the spring and early summer.
North of Roseburg, in Southwest Oregon
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
Since receiving the preserve as a gift from the Oerding family in 1992 and 1993, much of the Conservancy’s work has focused on restoring habitat for the rough popcornflower. Scientists and volunteers have removed invasive trees, implemented a long-term teasel control project, and collected and sowed native seeds.
What to See: Plants
Popcorn Swale is home to one of few existing populations of rough popcornflower (Plagiobothrys hirtus), an endangered plant that only grows in the Umpqua Valley. Other notable species include great white camas, Douglas’ meadowfoam and Cusick’s checkermallow. The rare plant red-root yampah can also be found here, as well as several native grasses including tufted hairgrass, one-sided sedge and meadow barley.
What to See: Animals
Columbian white-tailed deer thrive here, and elk move through the area. Other large mammals sometimes spotted are bear and cougar.
Plan Your Visit
The best time to visit is in the spring, when the flowers are in bloom. But the preserve is not signed and there is no official trail.
Please observe the following guidelines by hiking:
From the South:
From the North: