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  • McKenzie Watershed Council –
    March Council meeting will be on Thursday March 10 at 5 00 p m at the McKenzie Fire Rescue facility in Leaburg Review the agenda here News and Updates Find out the latest news and updates from the McKenzie Watershed Council Read more Support us We rely on the support of people like you to provide the critical funding we need to provide meaningful and dynamic environmental education to the

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  • About us – McKenzie Watershed Council
    Commercial interests include agriculture forestry and the sand and gravel industry Mission Our mission is to foster better stewardship of the McKenzie River watershed resources deal with issues in advance of resource degradation and ensure sustainable watershed health function and use The McKenzie Watershed Council was formed in 1993 to help address watershed management issues in the McKenzie River watershed as well as provide a framework for voluntary coordination and cooperation among key interests in the development and implementation of a watershed action plan Vision The Council s vision is that through the McKenzie Watershed Council s Conservation Strategy the McKenzie River watershed supports exceptional water quality and habitats in balance with human livelihood and quality of life The Council meets on the second Thursday of the month except for July and August All meetings are open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend and participate Monthly Council meetings provide a forum to address important issues affecting the watershed exchange information improve communication and provide oversight on restoration education and outreach projects The Council is not a regulatory body but it may make recommendations to established decision making bodies concerning the protection restoration and enhancement of the

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  • Council Staff – McKenzie Watershed Council
    the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for 7 years on a wide range of projects including snorkel and spawning surveys aquatic habitat inventories and coordinating STEP volunteer and education initiatives in the Upper Willamette Region Justin Demeter Education Coordinator education mckenziewc org Mr Demeter has a bachelor of landscape architecture from the University of Oregon where he also completed minor specialization in historic preservation and art He has worked with the National Park Service 2011 as a cultural landscape inventory and survey intern and as a landscape designer at a local engineering building design and land surveying company during 2013 2014 As a volunteer educator with Salmon Watch for the previous three years Mr Demeter has developed excellent community relationships with program stakeholders and volunteers Mr Demeter has been working with students on field based education projects in a MWC staff capacity since January of 2015 Jennifer Weber Planning and Development Coordinator jennifer mckenziewc org Jennifer has a bachelor s of Landscape Architecture degree focusing on ecological design from the University of Oregon She has worked with local students on a variety of field based and hands on learning projects with students involved in STEM education native plant restoration

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  • Council Partners – McKenzie Watershed Council
    with the support of the community Our Council Partners represent a variety community interests from federal agencies to local residents Our current community partners include Carol Ach May 2017 Resident Partner Diane Albino Mohawk Watershed Partnership Terry Baker McKenzie River Ranger District George Brown Eugene City Council Bob Bumstead McKenzie Flyfishers Dana Burwell Alternate For Steve Mealey McKenzie River Guides Association Kurt Cox McKenzie Schools Arlene Dietz Rice Family Farms Rod Fosback NW Stealheaders Association Chad Helms Alternate For Erik Petersen Army Corps Of Engineers Randy Hledik Wildish Ken Johnson Alternate For Rod Fosback NW Stealheaders Association Matt Laird Alternate For Keir Miller Lane County Loren Leighton International Paper Mike Mcdowell May 2017 Resident Partner Andy McWilliams Oct 2017 Resident Partner Steve Mealey McKenzie River Guides Association Keir Miller Lane County Todd Miller Alternate For Dave Ralston City Of Springfield Joe Moll McKenzie River Trust Karl Morgenstern EWEB Staff Bill O Sullivan Bureau Of Land Management Craig Patterson Nov 2017 Resident Partner Ralph Perkins Upper Willamette Soil Water Conservation District Erik Petersen Army Corps Of Engineers Dave Ralston Springfield City Council Steve Raymen Feb 2017 Resident Partner Kelly Reis Alternate For Jeff Ziller Oregon Department Of Fish And Wildlife Maryanne

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  • What We Do – McKenzie Watershed Council
    and its tributaries and outreach and education to engage community members Watershed wide restoration is prioritized through a strategic framework approach identifying highest priority stream reaches and sub basins The Council in collaboration with its partners conducts comprehensive watershed assessments to identify and prioritize specific restoration and conservation strategies for a holistic watershed planning approach We also continue to work with our partners on habitat restoration opportunities as they arise

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  • Events – McKenzie Watershed Council
    Hwy Leaburg September 8 2016 Weyerhaeuser Co 785 North 42 nd Springfield October 13 2016 Annual Retreat Location TBA November 10 2016 McKenzie Fire Rescue 42870 McKenzie Hwy Leaburg December 8 2016 Weyerhaeuser Co 785 North 42 nd Springfield Annual River Clean up The McKenzie Watershed Council McKenzie River Guides Association and McKenzie Flyfishers host and organize an annual river clean up to renew and preserve the beauty of the McKenzie River We invite you to join us for this fun filled annual family event Then stay and enjoy food prizes and more after the cleanup This year s cleanup is scheduled for Saturday July 9 th Please help make this the great event it has always been Clean up will take place from 9am 2pm with food prizes and celebration at Hendricks Park Wayside 1 4 pm Below are the river segments for which volunteers are needed Please indicate your preference and register with Amanda Wilson administration mckenziewc org or by phone at 458 201 8150 The list below will be updated weekly with registered volunteers and emailed weekly Boat Routes Ollalie to Paradise Paradise to Bruckart Bruckart to Finn Rock Finn Rock to Silver Creek Silver Creek to Rennie Rennie to Ben and Kay Dorris Helfrich to Leaburg Lake Leaburg Dam to Greenwood Greenwood to Leaburg Leaburg to Deerhorn Park Deerhorn Park to Taylor Landing Southside of River Deerhorn Park to Taylor Landing Northside of River Taylor Landing to Hendricks Park Northside of River Taylor Landing to Hendricks Park Southside of River Hendricks Park to Bellinger Northside Hendricks Park to Bellinger Southside Bellinger to Hayden Bridge Northside Bellinger to Hayden Bridge Southside Hayden Bridge to Harvest Lane Northside Hayden Bridge to Harvest Lane Southside Harvest Lane to Armitage Park Northside Harvest Lane to Armitage Park Southside Land Areas

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  • Projects – McKenzie Watershed Council
    within the Camp Creek Cedar Creek and Mohawk River watersheds Project types Riparian restoration in collaboration with landowners on private lands mowing controlling invasive weeds native tree shrub planting continued post planting maintenance of planting sites fence construction to protect riparian areas from livestock off stream watering system development for livestock Note Considerations for riparian enhancement project prioritization project sites are considered higher priority relative to other projects as they affect longer contiguous stretches of habitat along with available opportunities to impact both sides of the stream and achieve larger riparian zone widths in proportion to stream size Wetlands Wetland habitat protection and restoration is focused on reconnecting remaining areas with functioning wetlands Historically the Lower McKenzie Valley had extensive wetland habitats In addition to providing valuable fish and wildlife habitat wetlands in the McKenzie offer benefits such as absorbing flood flows reducing erosion and storm damage and maintaining water quality Geographic Priority Areas wetlands in the McKenzie Willamette Confluence area wetlands in the lower Mohawk Valley near the city of Springfield wetlands in the lower Cedar Creek drainage wetlands in the Camp Creek area wetlands in the Walterville area Project Types Wetland enhancement Conservation of existing wetlands Excavation removal of fill Elimination of drainage structures pond construction invasive species removal and native vegetation planting Western Pond Turtle Habitat Western pond turtle habitat restoration is focused on the areas where there are population strongholds and remnants of returning habitat with an emphasis on McKenzie River floodplain areas Pond Turtle populations are declining throughout Lower McKenzie Valley Protection of ponds and other areas key for pond turtle habitat is critical to ensure future survival Geographic Priority Areas McKenzie Willamette Confluence area lower Mohawk Valley lower McKenzie floodplain along both the east and north edge of city of Springfield Project Types Riparian restoration but with pond turtle habitat focus in collaboration with landowners on private lands mowing controlling invasive weeds native grass shrub planting in coordination with Pond Turtle habitat needs continued post planting maintenance of planting sites fence construction to protect pond turtle habitat areas from livestock off stream watering system development for livestock Rare Upland Habitats Rare upland habitat restoration is focused on conserving the little remaining oak woodlands grasslands and ponderosa pine areas along with existing old growth conifer forests Historically the lower McKenzie River Valley especially in the Springfield area and lower Mohawk and Camp Creek valleys had extensive oak woodlands ponderosa pine stands and grasslands These vegetation types have been lost through conversion to other land uses and suppression of historical fire regimes Geographic Priority Areas upland habitats near the edge of the city of Springfield the Mohawk River Valley Cedar Creek area Camp Creek area old growth forests of the upper McKenzie Project types Vegetation Management reduce and control invasive plants controlled burning conifer thinning planting and re vegetation reintroduction of native forbs planting pine and oaks protect conserve old growth conifer forests Habitat Connections Restoring habitat connections within the McKenzie focuses on two areas 1

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  • Education – McKenzie Watershed Council
    which increase their understanding of natural processes while providing the Council and its partners with habitat and project data that can be used to inform restoration projects The Council in association with various partners has incorporated education components into restoration efforts in the major lower McKenzie River tributaries and on the mainstem middle McKenzie River Our programs accommodate a variety of education needs and school administrative and schedule constraints through a multi modal approach and in collaboration with a variety of federal state and local community partners Over 1 400 students from seven public school districts participate in the following Program offerings 1 Team based watershed assessment and monitoring with six teams composed of students from three high schools and five riparian restoration teams composed of students from four middle schools Students participate in one full day field outing each month throughout the school year 2 Class based watershed education which engages students in assessment monitoring and restoration on school campuses or adjacent locations occurring within the school class schedule and 3 In class curriculum combined with field trip opportunities for students in grades 6 12 focused on watershed ecology through the lens of salmon biology middle and high school

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