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  • West Eugene Wetlands
    Valley This includes three threatened and endangered plants and one endangered animal species The West Eugene Wetlands also encompass every type of habitat from wetland to upland prairie to oak savannah found in the Willamette River Valley Wetlands are disappearing at an alarming rate They provide our community with clean water wildlife habitat and store flood waters Almost one third of our nation s endangered species are found in wetlands or are dependant on them for survival Nationwide less than half of the original 215 million wetland acres existing in colonial times no longer function Locally the situation is bleaker less than one half of 1 of the Willamette Valley wet prairie habitat remains Regulatory agencies as well as local and federal governments struggle to protect and restore wetlands but these efforts are not enough Local community stewardship is essential to wetland protection and maintenance Continual education also helps to create an atmosphere of stewardship The West Eugene Wetlands offer a unique perspective on the diverse rare wetland and upland habitats of the southern Willamette Valley It is important that education and outreach continue to inform the community in order to stimulate increased personal and collective responsibility in regards to

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