Camassia/Wilderness Park/West Linn H.S. Restoration Partnership

Project #: 197690  –   Updated: June 10, 2013

Project Summary

The Nature Conservancy is working with the City of West Linn Parks Department, the West Linn School District, West Linn High School teachers and students, and community volunteers to implement forest restoration activities over the project area. The project area includes Camassia Natural Area, Wilderness Park and the West Linn High School Natural Area.

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Location (by county):
Clackamas County (OR)

Metro Cities:
West Linn

Within Metro's Urban Growth Boundary:
Yes

Within Vancouver's Urban Growth Boundary:
No

Watersheds:
Middle Willamette

Subwatersheds:
Oswego Creek-Willamette River, Tanner Creek-Willamette River

Congressional Districts:
OR District 05

Bird Conservation Regions:
Northern Pacific Rainforest

USFWS Regions:
Pacific Region

Project size:
126.55 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Camassia, Wilderness Park, West Linn High School Yes

Full Project Description

The Nature Conservancy is working with the City of West Linn Parks Department, the West Linn School District, West Linn High School teachers and students, and community volunteers to implement forest restoration activities over the project area. The project area includes Camassia Natural Area, Wilderness Park and the West Linn High School Natural Area.

Project Assistance & Partnership Opportunities

Volunteers

The project needs long term volunteer stewards to continue the restoration work.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Public Benefit
The condition of the natural areas were improved, as well as new trails were created and existing trails were improved.
Conservation Mission
The Nature Conservancy collaborated with the City of West Linn Parks Department, the West Linn School District, West Linn high school teachers and students, Solve, the Clackamas County Soil & Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) and volunteers to implement large-scale restoration actions across 3 contiguous natural areas.

Primary goals:

Develop Memorandum of Understanding between collaborating organizations & develop management plan for entire site.
Progress:

MOU was signed by The Nature Conservancy, the City of West Linn, and the West Linn School District in 2011. A management was developed in 2013 covering the entire site.

Conduct large scale invasive species control on priority species.
Progress:

Metro NIN grant money and in-kind donations from collaborating organizations paid for large scale invasive species control across the entire project area. All invasive species infestations were significantly reduced.

Involve volunteers in restoration actions.
Progress:

Over 6,500 volunteer hours from 355 individuals went into this project. These volunteers include high school students, college students, youth crews, Camassia stewards and numerous other individuals from the community. Volunteers worked on invasive species, planting native trees and shrubs and trail construction and maintenance.

Consistent with plans:

Other
The Intertwine Regional Conservation Strategy

Targeted habitats:

    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Conifer Forests
        • Douglas-fir - Western Hemlock Forest
      • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
        • Big Leaf Maple, Black Oak, or White Oak with Conifer Forest
    • Shrublands and Grasslands
      • Grasslands
        • Coastal and Valley Grassland
    • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
      • Lowland Riparian Forests and Shrublands
        • Coastal and Valley Lowland Riparian Forest and Shrubland

Targeted species:

  • Himalayan Blackberry Rubus armeniacus
  • Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata
  • Scotch Broom Cytisus scoparius
  • English Ivy Hedera helix
  • English Holly Ilex aquifolium

Actions

Project Actions
Plant native riparian, wetland or aquatic vegetation Show/Hide details
Plant native trees and/or shrubs, herbs, forbs, grasses Show/Hide details
Control invasive plants Show/Hide details
Plant native trees and/or shrubs, herbs, forbs, grasses Show/Hide details
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Assistance

Direct Funding
City of West Linn (Local Government) Show/Hide details
West Linn-Wilsonville School District (Educational Institution) Show/Hide details
Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District (Special District) Show/Hide details
Metro Regional Government (Local Government) Show/Hide details

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   Yes

Please describe your monitoring activity.

Follow-up monitoring of invasive species infestations will be conducted by The Nature Conservancy. Follow-up monitoring of plantsing will be conducted by high school teachers and students.

What lessons have been learned and/or what suggestions do you have for similar activities?

To involve volunteers in restoration work, it can involve a significant time investment. However, it is worth the effort to connect people to nature. Depending on the level of volunteer involvment, a significant amount of work can be accomplished. It is very helpful to have committed volunteers who stay with a project for multiple years and who can help in motivating other volunteers and help with volunteer management.
High school students can accomplish meaningful restoration work. However, dedicated teachers must lead students in this work.

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Organization

The Nature Conservancy
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Joe Buttafuoco
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