Family Volunteer Day at Green Island
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Join McKenzie River Trust and friends for our Family Volunteer Day at Green Island. During this day we will be collecting and planting tree seeds to begin reforesting the ground along our latest side-channel reconnection project. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for families with children. We'll kick the day off with a short guided tree walk through a dense riparian forest to collect maple and ash seed while learning about how tree seeds move and why they fly, float, bounce and roll to find a new home in the soil. After the tree walk, we will head to the south island to help these tree seeds break new ground and begin the reforestation of our newest habitat restoration area. This volunteer day will take place rain or shine, and all you need to bring is weather appropriate clothing.
Restoring floodplain forests at Green Island
Restoring the floodplain forest is a key element to enhancing the habitat on Green Island for native wildlife. Since 2006, more than 245 acres of Green Island has been converted from agriculture fields to floodplain forest or riparian habitat. To date over 60,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted on the property, and many more are yet to come. These trees will grow to become a gallery forest and provide refuge for birds, bugs, frogs, beavers, and all the creatures that visit and live on this land.
We are also enhancing natural river flow processes on Green Island including flooding, channel migration, groundwater interaction, and formation of backwater areas. Since 2007, more than 5,600 feet of levees have been removed from the Island, permitting high waters to flow through swales and portions of the property which were blocked off from the river for over 35 years. We’re planning to remove additional levees so that backwater channels on the property will reconnect. Bringing back the river’s flow to these channels will provide critical habitat for juvenile spring Chinook and Oregon Chub