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The Nature Conservancy of Oregon to Conduct Major Timber Harvest

The Nature Conservancy of Oregon will be conducting a major timber harvest on its Coburg Ridge Preserve this summer as part of an ongoing effort to restore oak woodlands and oak savannas in the Willamette Valley.

The Nature Conservancy of Oregon will be conducting a major timber harvest on its Coburg Ridge Preserve this summer as part of an ongoing effort to restore oak woodlands and oak savannas in the Willamette Valley. The restoration is being funded by a grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB). Approximately 98% of the pre-settlement prairie and oak savanna habitat in the Willamette Valley has been lost to farms, residences and the encroachment of conifers. The remaining oak habitats have often been further degraded in ecological function by invasive woody shrub species and non-native grasses and forbs.

The Nature Conservancy acquired a conservation easement, timber rights and management control over most of the Coburg Ridge Preserve in 2007. This latest restoration effort will be treating nearly 200 acres. The thinning of the overstory conifers and overcrowded hardwood forests are expected to yield close to 200,000 board feet and 800 tons of chip material all of which are FSC® certified. The trees that will be harvested include: Douglas-fir, Incense Cedar, Oregon white oak, Oregon ash and Big-leaf maple.

This project will assist in meeting the recovery plan goals for both the Fender’s blue butterfly and the Kincaid’s lupine. Over 200 oak dependent plant and animal species will also benefit from the restoration including the western gray squirrel, white-breasted nuthatch, scrub and stellar jays, black-tailed deer and Lewis and acorn woodpeckers.

Request for Proposals will be accepted until May 14th with restoration expected to begin in June. If you are interested in the FSC materials produced by this project or would like more information, please contact Jean Jancaitis at her TNC office by phone - (541) 343-1010 x 308 or by email - jjancaitis@tnc.org.  

 


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