If you missed Emily Fairfax's "Smokey the Beaver" Sips 'n' Science talk on November 28, we are happy to announce that a recording of this fantastic presentation is now ready to view and share! Click here to view it on our website or if you prefer, you can view it on our YouTube channel!
Emerald Ash Borer Resources
The day we've long dreaded has arrived: the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been found within 60 miles of the Luckiamute & Ash Creek watershed. This is a critical time in protecting native Oregon Ash trees by limiting the spread of EAB & we need all hands on deck! We have created a brief FAQ with links to several good resources to learn to recognize EAB and get involved in protection activities, from not transporting firewood to becoming an official Forest Pest Detector.
UPDATE: Listen to Wyatt Williams, Invasive Species Specialist for the Oregon Department of Forestry, speak about Emerald Ash Borer, its potential effect on Oregon Ash habitat, and what people can do to stop the spread of this invasive insect. (aired on October 19, 2022 on KMUZ Willamette Wake Up's Conservation Spotlight program)
The Luckiamute Watershed Council (LWC) is a volunteer group of neighbors from diverse perspectives working together to learn about the watershed and doing what they can to improve local water quality and habitat conditions.
Our mission is "to engage and assist landowners and communities in the voluntary protection, restoration and enhancement of the Luckiamute and Ash Creek watersheds." We seek to foster good stewardship of natural resources and to develop an improved understanding of the area’s biological diversity.
Read more about us here.
Project Spotlight: Smithfield Oaks Cultural Burn
Thanks to funding from Roundhouse Foundation and Polk Soil & Water Conservation District, we were able to support the creation of this video by Brian Bull, which highlights the efforts of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the Traditional Ecological Inquiry Program, landowners and local organizations to re-kindle a relationship with fire at Smithfield Oaks, a Polk SWCD property located near Rickreall.
Read more here.
Use the slider below to explore the change in vegetation along the Luckiamute River at Luckiamute State Natural Area! Click here for more details.
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Special LWC Board Executive Session
Date: Friday, December 1, 2023
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Location: Online via Zoom
Date: Thursday, December 14, 2023
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom
link posted here at least 2 days before the meeting
Discover our Data Visualization website!
Got native plants? Or getting them soon? Check out our new Native Plant Resources Page! It has all the info you need to prepare your planting site, choose which natives will grow and look great, and give your plants the best start to a long, healthy life!
Do you have a special skill that you would like to contribute? Would you like to earn college credits while putting your talents to work in your community? Or are you just itching to get outdoors and help restore streambank habitat? Joining our awesome team of LWC Volunteers might be the perfect answer for you!