Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) inmates help threatened silverspot butterfly

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IAE and DOC staff and CCCF inmates plant viola adunca on the Oregon coast.

  • A select group of women inmates from CCCF grew nearly 34,000 viola adunca in 2014 as part of a project to help the threatened silverspot butterfly.
  • Thousands of the plants were outplanted at Nestucca Bay Wildlife Refuge on the Oregon coast to provide food and nectar for the silverspot larva and adults in the area.
  • Many of the plants were kept at the prison where inmates harvested leaves during a 12-week period to feed silverspot larva being raised at the Oregon Zoo.
  • Oregon Department of Corrections sustainability coordinator Chad Naugle believes this program is a “win-win,” situation for inmates, the community and the environment,“There is huge interest on the inside” to get these work assignments.
  • Partners in the project include Oregon Department of Corrections, Institute for applied Ecology, Oregon Zoo, Audubon Society of Portland and funding from Audubon/Toyota Togethergreen grant.

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