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Logan Valley Riparian Planting

Difficulty Rating: 1 Our first ever service trip on the Malheur National Forest. Help us restore critical habitat for bull trout at the base of the Strawberry Mountains by planting tree species to provide shade, reduce erosion and encourage beaver. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.
When Oct 05, 2012 05:00 PM to
Oct 07, 2012 08:00 AM
Where Logan Valley
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Contact Phone (541) 330-2638
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BACKGROUND:
Come help restore critical bull trout habitat in the beautiful Strawberry Mountains! Planting willows, cottonwoods and red-osier dogwoods help transform these river stretches into important riparian habitat.  Shrubs and trees not only provide an entire habitat zone for birds and upland animals such as deer and elk, they will be the key to transforming this small river to a more productive wetland.  Shrubs and trees provide critical shade that will cool the water to temperatures more favorable for native fish, and less favorable for invasives.  They also reduce erosion, and provide the building materials for beavers (present in the area) to make dams, and create ponds and flooded areas.  Beaver ponds further cool water by temporarily diverting water underground, reducing erosion, and expanding riparian habitat by creating extensive floodplains.  They also release water slowly over the course of the year, rather than letting all the water zoom out in the spring floods leaving fish high and dry later in the year. With luck, our planting efforts will cool the water enough to increase the amount of bull trout spawning habitat available. The stretch of stream we will plant this year is a recently fenced ex-closure zone to keep cattle out and it will be great to get some trees into the ground to stabilize the banks!

So, you can see, coming out and volunteering to plant trees for a weekend is not just a matter of "planting a few trees": it really is an act that will put in place a whole cascade of exciting events that will dramatically change a watershed into something completely different!

Here is a Google map of the campsite location.

TRIP TIMELINE:

  • October 5, Friday 5PM: Your trip leader will be at the campsite with group gear set up by 5PM ready for folks to arrive.
  • October 6, Saturday 8AM to 3 or 4PM. A full day of planting work a short ways from camp. After work we will cook dinner and a presentation on some important issues affecting the Malheur National Forest by Fisheries Biologist, Bill Wall.
  • October 7, Sunday. After breakfast we will pack up and head home. A short morning hike into some alpine lakes within the Strawberry Wilderness will be offered for those who want to see more of the local area.


THE WORK:

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A section of Big Creek that needs replanting following cattle grazing

This section of Big Creek could sure use more willows!

The trees that we will be planting are actually 2 to 3 foot-long sticks.  In soft areas they can be pushed into the ground, right side up, until they are down into the water table.  In more solid areas a "pilot hole" is made with rebar and a heavy mallet, the rebar is then removed, and the stick is placed into the pilot hole.
For this trip we will be cutting the willows right before we plant them from a willow gallery nearby. This work involves using loppers and hand snips to form the 2-3 foot long sticks that we will use.

CAMP:
Our Camp will be right in the middle of Logan Valley with views in all directions. We will be staying on land recently purchased by the Burns Paiute Tribe and will have the site to ourselves. It is just a short walk in the morning to the willow gallery where we will begin cutting out "trees". We are car camping for this trip so be sure to bring all the luxuries!

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Our base-camp will be located in this meadow with fantastic views in all directions!

DIFFICULTY RATING:
1 out of 5.   The concept is simple, but the work can be difficult.  Due to the eroded nature of the creek, in some places it is rocky, making it difficult to get holes all the way down to the water table.  The hammers and spikes each weigh several pounds, and you will be moving around a bag full of long sticks.  There is a lot of bending over, and a lot of hammering.  Each person can work at their own pace.  Click HERE for a description of the trip difficulty rating system.


PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITIES:

Participants are responsible for their own food and camping gear as well as transportation to and from the trip. Sturdy off-trail ankle-high boots are recommended for this trip.  Depending on weather rubber boots are nice to have as well.  A more comprehensive packing list will be sent to participants 3 weeks before the trip.


PROVIDED BY ONDA:
ONDA will provide planting tools, trees, extra gloves, earplugs, and guidance in the field.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

This trip is led by ONDA's Wilderness Stewardship Assistant: Michael O'Casey. Group size is limited to 15 participants
This trip is offered free of charge.


REGISTRATION:

An ONDA registration application and medical form is required for this trip.
Click HERE for the form.  You only need to fill this form out once per year: You can join additional 2012 trips by e-mailing the trip leader directly. 

You will receive a confirmation e-mail within 10 working days of submitting your form.  The confirmation e-mail will provide information regarding which trips you are on the "participant list" for, and which trips are full, and therefore you have been placed on the "wait list".  Five weeks before the start of the trip, the trip leader will send out an RSVP to make sure everyone is still able to participate. Based on RSVPs open spaces will be backfilled with people from the wait list.  Three weeks before the trip begins, the trip leader will send out an e-mail with additional information, maps, driving instructions, car-pooling options etc. However, if you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact the trip leader.

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