Please join the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) to plant the beautiful and endangered Willamette daisy at the Crisp site near Lumos Wine Co.! This is a great opportunity to help introduce an endangered flower to a new site, meet new friends, and restore local habitat in the Willamette Valley.
- Crisp is a 30-acre property owned by Benton County. It is part of a Prairie Conservation Unit that the County manages strictly for conservation purposes. It is not open to the public outside events like this one.
- The site has abundant native prairie habitat with remnant populations of the federally threatened Kincaid’s lupine and Fender’s blue butterfly.
- In 2021, IAE received funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to recover the endangered Willamette daisy which helps fund work at this site.
- The daisy is an endangered plant not currently found at Crisp, but Crisp has great habitat quality—to the point that we believe it would be worthwhile to introduce it here.
- In October, we will be seeding a 2-acre patch with native prairie species and Willamette daisy seed.
- When: Friday, November 17, 2023 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
- Where: Lumos Wine Co., 24000 Cardwell Hill Drive, Philomath, OR 97370.
- Directions: Meet at the Lumos Wine Co. parking lot at 9:00 a.m., walk approximately half a mile across uneven grassy terrain to the planting site at Crisp.
- Work to be completed: Planting 2,000 endangered Willamette daisy plugs
- What to bring: Bring lunch, water and warm clothes. Gloves are also advised. Tools (dibbles and hori hori soil knives) will be provided. We will provide some refreshments throughout the day. No experience necessary. We will hold this event regardless of the weather, so please bring rain gear and boots you are fine with getting muddy. All volunteers (or parent/guardian if the volunteer is a youth) must fill out IAE’s volunteer release form.
If you are interested in volunteering (large and small groups are welcome to join) or have questions about this opportunity, please contact Evan Lasley at [email protected]. Please make sure to RSVP so we can be certain to bring sufficient tools and gloves for the day.