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LSNA Restoration & Bird-Banding Tour - September 9, 2023
It was a perfect day for a walk along the Luckiamute State Natural Area (LSNA) North Unit loop trail to witness the floodplain forest restoration work that has taken place at this beautiful state park, and to get an up-close look at the birds that are benefiting as a result! Josée Rousseau started off the tour at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) bird-banding research station, giving us a fascinating look at some of the birds that rely upon floodplain forest habitat for their survival. Then, LWC Project Manager Aubrey Cloud led the group around the loop trail, stopping along the way to point out the different project phases that span over 10 years of restoration work at LSNA. From the 11-year old trees and shrubs that have now grown up into a mature secondary forest to the 2-year old saplings that dot the 60-acre central field, it is apparent that the hard work and support of all the partners and funders involved in this project is making a dramatic improvement to the health of LSNA's floodplain forest habitat!