This February, volunteers planted over a hundred Douglas spirea along Jackson and Frazier Creeks at Owens Farm. These trees will build the riparian buffer that protects the water quality, while providing refuge for wildlife. Want to become a volunteer with Greenbelt Land Trust? Sign up online HERE.
We also moved and planted 200 native Oregon saxifrage plants at Owens Farm. Many thanks to the volunteers who came out to assist with the planting!
BALD HILL FARM - LAND ACQUISITION
A visionary Farm adjacent to Bald Hill Natural Area, where public trails combine with cows, endangered wildlife and plants find refuge, and children come to learn about the natural world. This is an urban Farm that supports local food production, ecological restoration, recreation and education. There is nothing else like it. See our Vision Statement.
The Campaign for Bald Hill Farm is our window of opportunity to protect 587-acres of strategically located open space and to help sustain the rural character of the Willamette Valley. This Campaign is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our community to determine what this Valley will look like in 100 years.
HARKENS LAKE - LAND ACQUISITION
In December, 2011 Greenbelt Land Trust permanently protected 371 acres at Harkens Lake, just east of Monroe. The Harkens Lake area is considered a high priority Willamette floodplain that historically provided a key connection between the river and adjacent forests, wetlands and prairies. Currently, the Greenbelt Land Trust is discussing restoration and protection options with some of the landowners of the Harkens Lake area to restore their lands to native habitats for fish and wildlife.
Harkens Lake is an historically important Willamette River floodplain. Public land managers, private landowners and Greenbelt Land Trust are discussing conservation and restoration actions that could impact over 600 acres in this area.
Seasonally, the river inundates sections of the Harkens Lake area. However, a flood event in 1996 demonstrated how the river occupied nearly the entire historic floodplain in this area during a major high water event.