Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Thank You


Thank you all for joining Jason, Mieko and I for our first Wetland Wander of the year over at Turtle Flats. We enjoyed exploring the fish and turtle restoration efforts made by The Nature Conservancy and The Friends of Buford Park and learning more about what the future holds for this special site.

Friday, January 4, 2019

January Wetland Wander


Wetland Wander
Location: Turtle Flats

Turtle Flats is a 63 acre conservation property owned by the Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah located at the western entrance to the Greater Mount Pisgah Area near the confluence of the Coast and Middle forks of the Willamette River. The site features 6 ponds, the confluence of Russel Creek and Wild Hog Creek, as well as connections to the Coast Fork of the Willamette River. Since 2015, the Friends have undertaken intensive restoration efforts to remove trash (hundreds of tires, concrete, bales of steel rebar, asphalt, a vw bug...), manage invasive species, reshape former gravel pits to better accommodate emergent vegetation and wildlife as well as to connect them to the rivers for off-channel fish habitat. Volunteers, staff, and contractors installed and cared for tens of thousands of plants over the last few years. 
Friends host work parties the second Saturday of each month for volunteers to assist with stewardship activities including installation of native plants, invasive species management, and monitoring vegetation and wildlife.

Directions:
This link shows a map with the pin at the entrance gate: 
From 30th Ave., head east past LCC and cross over I-5. Turn left at the stop sign (Franklin Boulevard). Take the next right after the Shell station (Franklin Boulevard East) and pass under the railroad tracks.  Note the chain link fence on the left and look for the gate just before the road curves to the right. The gate will be open and someone will show you where to park. 

Please wear your rubber boots! 

Wetland Wanders are casual walks through the West Eugene Wetlands. Walks are free and open to the public. Bring water and appropriate layers, WREN will provide binoculars.