by Anna Ramthun
As the planting season and the year draw to end, we are feeling incredibly grateful for our volunteer base! With their help, the Habitat Restoration Program was able to plant 34,460 plugs, bulbs, trees, shrubs, and bare-root native plants this year. Of these, 4,885 were plugs of threatened and endangered plant species. Many of these were planted during volunteer events in October and November at Beazell Memorial Forest near Philomath, Oregon, Champoeg State Park near Newberg, Oregon, and the Witham-Gellatly and Herbert Farm and Natural Area near Corvallis, Oregon (see photos, below). The Habitat Restoration Program hosted up to 25 volunteers at each of a dozen volunteer events in 2018 alone. Volunteer events are posted to Oregon State University's Office of Civic Engagement, as well as departmental clubs, community websites and social media platforms. Participants gain first hand experience in habitat restoration for pollinator and wildlife habitat. We would not be able to accomplish nearly as much in so little time without all of these volunteers! We're also thankful for our partners and funders, including the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Benton County and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.
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