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2014 Volunteer Work Parties

The 2014 work party season is here, and you are invited! Come enjoy Oregon's great outdoors while also preserving our natural heritage. Listed below are the details and instructions for participating.

JULY

Miami Wetlands Preserve (Oregon Coast)
Saturday, July 19 from 10 am-4 pm
Adjacent to Tillamook Bay, restored wetlands will benefit northern red-legged frog, chum salmon, peregrine falcon and other at-risk wildlife. Volunteers will help remove yellow flag iris and maintain fence. Register here.

Nesika Beach (Oregon Coast)
Saturday, July 26 from 10 am-4 pm
Located near Gold Beach on the southern Oregon coast, this preserve protects Sitka spruce and grand fir forest as well as coastal headland habitats. Volunteers will help control invasive English ivy and ice plant. Register here

Dunstan Homestead Preserve (Northeast Oregon)
Saturday-Sunday, July 26-27
Four river miles of riparian and streambed habitat are being restored for wild salmon and steelhead on this former ranch and dairy farm. Volunteers will help control invasive teasel with machetes to protect native vegetation. Register here.

AUGUST

Blind Slough Swamp Preserve (Oregon Coast)
Saturday, August 9 from 10 am-4 pm
Oregon’s best remaining Sitka spruce swamp provides habitat along the Columbia River for bald eagle, osprey and river otter. Volunteers will help remove invasive purple loosestrife (requires canoeing). Register here.

Sycan Marsh Preserve (Klamath Basin)
Saturday-Sunday, August 9-10
This vast, verdant wetland in the upper reaches of the Klamath Basin is a key site for wetland research and restoration and is home to thousands of nesting and migrating birds, threatened fish and newly discovered aquatic creatures. Volunteers will help remove fence and rebuild spring exclosure (knee boots or hip waders are needed). Register here.

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (Portland Area)
Saturday, August 23 from 8:30 am-4 pm
The Nature Conservancy joins The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an effort to restore native landscapes. This project will take place on a 13-acre parcel of the Refuge that will be restored to oak savanna habitat in the future. The project will involve using hand saws to remove and then chip young cottonwood trees and invasive red hawthorn shrubs. The project is best suited for adults. Following the work party, there will be an optional BYO picnic lunch and guided hike. Register here.

Cascade Head Preserve (Oregon Coast)
Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24
This spectacular coastal headland near Lincoln City provides habitat for the endangered Oregon silverspot butterfly and Cascade Head catchfly. Volunteers will help remove Queen Anne’s lace on the pinnacle and perform trail work. Register here.

SEPTEMBER

Juniper Hills Preserve (Central Oregon)
Saturday-Sunday, September 6-7
This 14,000-acre preserve east of Prineville harbors ancient junipers, an outstanding diversity of bunch grasses and colorful earth formations. Volunteers will help restore upland areas, prepare fire line and remove invasive weeds. Register here.

Whetstone Savanna Preserve (Southwest Oregon)
Saturday, September 13, a 9/11 National Day of Service event from 9 am-12pm
Mounded prairie and vernal pools north of Medford safeguard a key portion of the Rogue Valley’s best remaining oak savanna. During this family-friendly event, volunteers will help sow native seed in restored vernal pools. Register here.

Zumwalt Prairie Preserve (Northeast Oregon)
Saturday-Sunday, September 13-14, a 9/11 National Day of Service Event
Oregon’s largest private nature sanctuary, this 51-square-mile preserve high on the edge of Hells Canyon hosts a remarkable number of nesting raptors. Volunteers will help improve fence for wildlife and improve facilities. Register here.

Cascade Head Preserve (Oregon Coast)
Saturday, September 20 from 10 am-4pm
This spectacular coastal headland near Lincoln City provides habitat for the endangered Oregon silverspot butterfly and Cascade Head catchfly. Volunteers will help remove invasive blackberries (includes end of the season volunteer celebration). Register here.

OCTOBER

Mount Tabor Park (Portland)
Saturday, October 4 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
In partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation, we will be working on the east side of the Park removing invasive species and performing follow up maintenance on native plantings. After the work party, volunteers are invited to stick around for a celebratory event featuring local food, beverages and music. Register here.

Cascade Head Preserve (Oregon Coast)
Saturday, October 4 from 10 am-4pm
This spectacular coastal headland near Lincoln City provides habitat for the endangered Oregon silverspot butterfly and Cascade Head catchfly. Volunteers will help plant violets in upper meadow. Register here.

Tom McCall Preserve (Portland Area)
Saturday, October 18 from 9 am-4pm
Located in the transition zone between the moist, heavily-forested west side of the Cascades and the drier bunch grass prairies of the east, Tom McCall Preserve delivers a spectacular bloom every spring. Volunteers will help repair and reroute hiking trail to McCall point (involves heavy lifting and digging on steep hillsides). Register here.

NOVEMBER

Boardman Grasslands (Central Oregon)
Saturday-Sunday, November 15-16
The Columbia Plateau’s best expanse of unplowed native sage and bunch grass also harbors Oregon’s largest Washington ground squirrel population. Volunteers will help plant native wildflowers, collect native wildflower seeds and improve facilities. Register here.

 

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