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2014 Volunteer Work Parties

You can enjoy Oregon’s great outdoors at Nature Conservancy volunteer work parties! Roll up your sleeves and work alongside ecologists to restore some of our state’s most critical habitats.  

The 2014 field season is here, and you are invited to help preserve Oregon’s natural heritage! Below are the details and instructions for participating in early spring work parties. Stay tuned for the rest of the season’s events and registration links.

APRIL

Whetstone Savanna Preserve (Southwest Oregon)
Saturday April 19 from 9am-12pm
Whetstone Savanna Preserve holds a key portion of the Rogue Valley’s best remaining oak savanna habitat. Come on out for this family friendly, Earth Day celebration! Volunteers will help remove curly dock from vernal pools. Sign up here.

Camassia Natural Area (Portland Area)
Saturday, April 26 from 9:30am-2:30pm
Camassia Natural Area is home to over 300 plant species, including several rare ones. This 27-acre preserve is a special gem in a rapidly growing urban area. Join The Nature Conservancy & SOLVE for this family friendly volunteer event. In celebration of Earth Day, volunteers will help remove invasive plant species. Sign up here.

MAY

Kilchis Estuary (Oregon Coast)
Saturday May 3 from 10am-4pm
Kilchis Estuary is in the southeast corner of Tillamook Bay, where tidal wetlands are being restored to improve habitat for Chinook, chum and coho salmon. Join The Nature Conservancy for this work party, during which volunteers will help remove barbed wire fence and control invasive plants. Register here

Ashland Watershed (Southwest Oregon)
Saturday, May 3
The Ashland Forest Resiliency Project is a 10-year collaborative effort to reduce the risk of severe wildfire and protect forests, water quality, wildlife and people. Explore Ashland’s beautiful forest with The Nature Conservancy, the City of Ashland and Lomakatsi Restoration Project. Volunteers will rake the base of trees to provide fire protection (involves work on steep hillsides). Register here.

Boardman Grasslands (Central Oregon)
Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18
The Columbia Plateau’s best expanse of unplowed native sage and bunch grass also harbors Oregon’s largest Washington ground squirrel population.
Survey and remove invasive plants, collect native wildflower seeds, and improve facilities.
http://support.nature.org/site/Calendar/?view=RSVP&id=5542

Cascade Head Preserve (Oregon Coast)
Saturday, May 31
This spectacular coastal headland near Lincoln City provides habitat for the endangered Oregon silverspot butterfly and Cascade Head catchfly. Volunteers will help maintain trails. Register here.

JUNE

Miami Wetlands Preserve (Oregon Coast)
Saturday, June 7
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 invasive yellow flag iris and Canada thistle. Register here.

Powell Butte Lower Flood Plain (Portland Area)
Saturday, June 14
The Nature Conservancy joins The City of Portland in an effort to restore native landscapes. Volunteers will perform follow up plant maintenance on a winter planting and can take an informal hike. BYO sack lunch to enjoy after. Register here.

Kilchis Estuary (Oregon Coast)
Saturday, June 21
In the southeast corner of Tillamook Bay, tidal wetlands are being restored to improve habitat for Chinook, chum and coho salmon. Volunteers will help remove barbed wire fence and manage invasive plants. Register here.

The Table Rocks Preserve (Southwest Oregon)
Saturday, June 28
Rising dramatically 800 feet above the Rogue River Valley, the Table Rocks are remnants of lava flows that filled the canyons of an ancient, meandering Rogue River over 7 million years ago. Atop these mesas is a mosaic of grassy mounds, stony flats and vernal, or seasonal, ponds. During this family-friendly work party, volunteers will help remove invasive plants. Register here.

JULY

Popcorn Swale Preserve (Southwest Oregon)
Saturday, July 12
A wildflower haven in the spring, this remnant of Umpqua Valley wet prairie near Roseburg contains tufted hairgrass and several rare plants. During this family-friendly event, volunteers will help remove invasive teasel. Register here.

Miami Wetlands Preserve (Oregon Coast)
Saturday, July 19
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
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
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
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
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
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

Cascade Head Preserve (Oregon Coast)
Saturday, October 4
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
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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