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Beech Creek Juniper Removal
July 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - July 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am
The Burns Paiute Tribe acquired the Beech Creek Ranch near Mt. Vernon, Oregon in 2015. This property is more than 2400 acres and includes six miles of critical summer steelhead habitat. The Tribe’s goals for the property include restoration of the riparian corridor, improved critical habitat for fish, and conversion of degraded rangelands into productive wildlife habitat. Join ONDA for an exploration of this incredible property and to help restore it.
Over the last 85 years, western juniper woodlands in Oregon have expanded by an estimated four-fold. The rapid expansion can cause problems including a reduction in available water and competition with other riparian plants. On this trip, volunteers will use hand tools to remove young and recently expanded junipers from the riparian corridor of Beech Creek.
Trip highlights include working with the knowledgeable Burns Paiute Tribe natural resources team and learning more about current restoration practices within the John Day River Basin.
Challenges include working with scratchy juniper trees and potentially hot summer weather.