From Gravel Pits To Gorgeous Habitat
With Jason Nuckols, MS, Willamette Basin Program Manager at The Nature Conservancy of Oregon
September 14, 2017 | Doors open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
Flowing nearly 200 miles, the Willamette River is a thread that pulls together the more than 70 percent of Oregon's population. It's a resource that sustains wildlife, fuels recreation and drives commerce.
Just south of Eugene and Springfield, where the Middle and Coast forks of the river meet, dozens of gravel pits operated for decades—providing the aggregate material that built our community’s roads, bridges and buildings. These large pits, sometimes up to a mile long, limited the natural flow of the river in favor of stagnant ponds.
Today, The Nature Conservancy in Oregon and its partners are using detailed science and innovative strategies to restore more than 1,300 acres that will improve the health of our river, habitat, and community. To the long term benefit of our water quality and to species like salmon and tree frogs, the Conservancy is reconnecting historic side channels and restoring floodplain forests and grasslands—all with the hope to make the Willamette a healthy "living river" that benefits both nature and the people connected to it.
Come learn about this ongoing project that will impact our community for generations to come from Conservancy scientist and project leader, Jason Nuckols. Jason is the Willamette Basin Program Manager and works on environmental flows and levels and restoration projects in the Willamette Basin and the coast. He has an M.S. in Ecology from Humboldt State University.
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