Champoeg Prairie Restoration Annual Report

Andy Neill   2019

The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) has been involved in restoration of Champoeg Prairie, a 45-acre former agricultural field at Champoeg State Heritage Area, since 2013. In 2014, IAE developed and began implementation of the Champoeg Prairie Restoration Plan (IAE 2014) for Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). The goal of restoration at Champoeg Prairie is to create upland and wet prairie habitats with diverse plant communities that attract pollinators, birds and other wildlife. Restoration objectives include controlling high priority invasive species, improving forb diversity, increasing abundance of culturally significant species, and implementing periodic prescribed burns. This report summarizes prairie conditions and restoration actions in 2019. Weed management included mowing, hand weeding, and broadcast and spot spray herbicide applications. Some of the treated or disturbed areas of the prairie were planted with native trees, shrub, and forbs. In particular, a 2.8-acre area in the central part of the prairie that has been difficult to establish natives from seed was planted with shrubs and trees in winter 2019. Native prairie species, including culturally important food plants, were planted in a portion of Champoeg Prairie for a second consecutive year. It is hoped that this portion of Champoeg Prairie will be a place for tribal members to harvest traditional food and fiber plants in the future. The planting was completed through the combined efforts of IAE, OPRD, and Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde (CTGR) Natural Resources Department employees, students and teachers from Newberg High School, and other dedicated volunteers.

Fender’s Blue Butterfly Habitat Restoration at Henry Hagg Lake

Neill, Andy and Andrew Esterson   2019

In 2019, the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to help restore habitat at Henry Hagg Lake (Hagg Lake) to aid in the recovery of the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi) and its host plant, the threatened Kincaid’s lupine (Lupinus oreganus). Through this partnership, IAE provides recommendations for habitat management, executes on-the-ground management actions, manages subcontractors, produces and procures native plant materials, and develops and purchases native seed mixes. Special Note: This report has been modified from its original format by removing maps and/or appendices that include information on the location of rare and sensitive species.

Champoeg Prairie Restoration Annual Report

Andy Neill   2018

The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) has been involved in restoration of Champoeg Prairie, a 45-acre former agricultural field at Champoeg State Heritage Area, since 2013. In 2014, IAE developed and began implementation of the Champoeg Prairie Restoration Plan (IAE 2014) for Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The goal of restoration efforts at Champoeg Prairie is to create upland and wet prairie habitats with diverse plant communities. This report summarizes prairie conditions and management actions in 2018. The objectives of restoration of Champoeg Prairie include controlling high priority invasive species, improving forb diversity increasing abundance of culturally significant species, and implementing periodic prescribed burns as part of prairie management. In 2018, weed management included mowing, hand weeding, and broadcast and spot spray herbicide applications. Some of the treated or disturbed areas of the prairie were seeded with native forbs, grasses, sedges and rushes. Native prairie species, including culturally important food and fiber plants, were planted in a portion of Champoeg Prairie. It is hoped that this portion of Champoeg Prairie will be a place for local tribal members to harvest traditional food and fiber plants and share knowledge of these plants, harvesting techniques, and the cultural significance of the Champoeg area. The creation of this harvest area was celebrated by a cultural event hosted by IAE, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), and the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde (CTGR) where attendees planted culturally important food plants, ate traditionally prepared foods, and learned about tool and basket making techniques.

Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly habitat restoration at Cardwell Hill: Final Report 2019

Andy Neill   2019

The Institute for Applied Ecology worked with private landowners and USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program to enhance the three Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly occupied meadows at Cardwell Hill during 2018 and 2019. Work was funded by a grant with Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board funds administered through the Oregon State Weed Board. This grant supported herbicide treatments to control priority weeds and encroaching shrubs and the purchase and planting of plant materials to enhance and improve butterfly habitat throughout the Cardwell Hill project site.

West Eugene Wetlands augmentation of threatened and endangered plant species: 2017 annual report-Web version

by Andrew Esterson   2018

The West Eugene Wetlands (WEW) currently hosts populations of three federally endangered species (Willamette daisy, Bradshaw’s lomatium and Fender’s blue butterfly), one federally threatened species (Kincaid’s lupine) and numerous Bureau sensitive species (shaggy horkelia, white-topped aster and thin-leaved peavine). In 2017, the Institute for Applied Ecology continued their efforts to augment populations of these species […]

Habitat restoration and monitoring of shaggy horkelia at Twin Prairie: 2017 annual report- Web version

by Andrew Esterson   2018

In 2017, the Institute for Applied Ecology conducted habitat restoration and monitored the shaggy horkelia (Horkelia congesta ssp. congesta) population at Twin Prairie, a BLM-owned site southeast of Eugene, Oregon. This report provides a summary of restoration actions and monitoring results.2017 Twin Priaire annual report. WEB VERSION

Pioneer Butte Prairie restoration: 2017 annual report – Web Version

by Andrew Esterson   2018

Pioneer Butte is a mid-elevation prairie located in the Oregon Coast Range and is owned by the U.S. Forest Service (Service). In 2017, the Service and the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) continued restoration efforts at Pioneer Butte. This report outlines restoration actions that were completed in 2017.

2017 Old Peak Meadow Annual Report

by Andrew Esterson   2018

This report summarizes habitat restoration actions completed by the Institute for Applied Ecology at Old Peak Meadow (Old Peak) in 2017. Old Peak is a mid-elevation prairie located northeast of Marys Peak in the Oregon Coast Range and is owned by the City of Corvallis. The goal of the project is to improve song bird […]

Habitat restoration at Fir Butte: 2017 annual report – Web Version

by Andrew Esterson   2018

This report summarizes habitat restoration work completed by the Institute for Applied Ecology in 2017 at Fir Butte. Fir Butte is part of a network of sites in the West Eugene Wetlands that contribute to the recovery of the federally endangered Fender’s blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi) and its host plant, the federally threatened Kincaid’s […]

Plants for People: Bringing Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Restoration (2018 Post-Implementation Status and Plant Establishment Report)

Moore, Peter and Andy Neill   2018

This report to Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board summarizes post-implementation and plant establishment activities for Phase I of the Plants for People project during 2017-18, including enacting the Tribal Plant Materials Development Plan at Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, partially funding of a nursery manager, maintaining the nursery and expanding plant production to new species. Continued […]

Nelson’s checkermallow Recovery Project – 2017 Post-implementation Status Report

Moore, Peter   2017

This report to Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board summarizes post-implementation status at 11 Nelson’s checkermallow introduction sites in the Corvallis West and Salem West recovery zones in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, since October 2015.

Nelson’s checkermallow Recovery Project, Phase III (Coast Range and Portland Recovery Zones) – Web Version

Moore, Peter   2018

This report summarizes project activities for the Nelson’s checkermallow recovery project in the Coast Range and Portland recovery zones during 2017, including monitoring of the population, weeds, and vegetation community, establishing photo points and identifying restoration prescriptions at 13 project sites, collecting seed and establishing seed increase fields.

Nelson’s checkermallow Recovery Project: Phase II (2018 Post-implementation Status Report)

Moore, Peter   2018

This report to Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board summarizes post-implementation status at 16 Nelsons’s checkermallow introduction sites in the Corvallis West and Salem West recovery zones, Willamette Valley, Oregon, during 2017-18.

Herbert Farm Restoration Summary July-December 2017 – Web version

Moore, Peter   2018

This report to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife summarizes restoration work at Herbert Farm and Natural Area, near Corvallis, Oregon, that was funded by the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program, as well as in-kind actions by partner agencies, from July 1 to December 31, 2017.

Herbert Farm Restoration Summary 2016/17 – Web version

Moore, Peter   2017

This report to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife summarizes restoration work at Herbert Farm and Natural Area, near Corvallis, Oregon, that was funded by the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program, as well as in-kind actions by partner agencies, from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.