Category Archives: Restoration

Native Plant Workshop, January 18th

Please join us for an educational workshop on the native plants of the Willamette Valley January 18, 2014 from 9:15 to 2pm at Linfield College.  Speakers will include:  The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde to discuss traditional uses of native plants, Xerces Society to discuss best native species for beneficial insects, as well as guest speakers from the community and District staff.  Cost to attend the workshop is $10.  Please call (503)472-6403 to RSVP


Join us for the 2nd Annual Prairie Field Day


Thank you to Cozine Creek Planting Volunteers!


I would like to thank the Sunrise Rotary Club members, Chemekata students and local community members that participated in our Cozine creek project work party behind the McMinnville police department on November 17th.  Over 20 people attended on a pretty gloomy Saturday morning to plant over 200 trees and shrubs along the riparian area.  A big thank you for their hard work; we couldn’t have done it without you!

Mowing to begin on Cozine Creek


The area behind the McMinnville Police department is going to be looking a bit different after tomorrow.  We are working in conjunction with the City to remove the blackberry briars and japanese knotweed that is along northeast bank of Cozine Creek and replant with native trees and shrubs.  Since the bank is so steep, the mowing will be followed up with hand crews to clear the whole bank. The plant material will be left to act as ground cover and suppress weeds.

After the bank has been mowed, we will follow up with a spray of the regrowth this fall.  Next summer we will remow the area and spray it again.  Planting will occur in spring of 2013.

A big challenge with this project is going to be the planting.  The bank is mostly fill material, not ideal for growing trees.  Our planting list includes: Oregon Ash, Oregon White Oak, Doug Fir, Big Leaf Maple, Red Flowering Current, Nootka Rose, Oregon Grape, Spirea and Pacific Ninebark. We will also be planting blue wild rye for grass cover.

Be ready for the Cozine’s new look!