Print This Page Print This Page
   
   FOOD & FRIENDS - MEALS ON WHEELS     
   NATURAL RESOURCES     
   PLANNING     
   SENIOR & DISABILITY SERVICES     
   

 

 
 
Change Text Size: A A A

 

Riparian Restoration Program

What's New/ Quick Links

See How Trees Tame Stormwater (link) or pdf below by clicking picture

Life on the Edge:  Improving Riparian Function Video (Links to YouTube)

Bringing Back the Natives (Program History)

Stream Restoration for Streamside Landowners

Urban Stream Restoration for Residential Landowners

Native Plant Lists

Frequently Asked Questions

What Can You Do?

Planting Project Examples

Riparian Outreach and Activities

Updated Resources and Links

 

 

Bringing Back the Natives

RVCOG's Natural Resources Department initiated a Riparian Restoration in 2003 predating most of the established programs completing local riparian restoration and planting projects.  The program started in the Bear Creek Watershed focusing on the main stem of Bear Creek and its tributaries (e.g., Lazy Creek).  The primary goals of the program were to control invasive species and to establish (or re-establish) native species historically found in the watershed.  Early partners in the program included the United States Forest Service J. Herbert Stone Nursery, the Bureau of Land Management, O.S.U. Extension, the Bear Creek Watershed Education Partners, the City of Medford, and the Bear Creek Watershed Council.

The program has since expanded into the Rogue Basin and now involves many more partner organizations including municipalities, agencies, watershed groups, nursery work groups, and laborers.

Improving riparian corridors conditions by planting native species, including conifers, provides a number of benefits that contribute to healthy watersheds and local programs including the TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) program.  These benefits include providing shade resulting in cooler water temperatures, filtering of pollutants, stability for stream banks, habitat for wildlife and birds, invasives/exotic species control, and long term habitat benefits to the stream when the trees fall over and create pools and habitat for fish (see diagram below).

 

 Stream Restoration for Stream Side Landowners

Living along a stream often provides unique management challenges for landowners, especially in urban areas.  Healthy riparian areas provide a number of benefits for fish, aquatic life, people, and wildlife including protection from flooding, improving water quality, and providing habitat.

In many urban areas, streams are degraded causing significant bank erosion and loss of land, fences, and damage to utility lines. 

What Can You Do?

 

Bear creek is home to several species of native fish and other animals.  These species require cold, clean water to survive.  Planting native trees and shrubs along streams keeps the hot summer sun from further increasing the temperature of the water, reduces bank erosion, filters out polluntants and provides ciritical wildlife habitat.  Please do your part and Take the Riparian Pledge.

There are many resources available for being Stream Smart and for for protecting or restoring riparian areas:

Stream Smart Web Page

Jackson County Rural Living Handbook

Jackson County - A Landowner's Guide to Riparian Areas in Jackson County Oregon (Brochure)

 Josephine County - A Landowner's Guide to Riparian Areas in Jackson County Oregon (Brochure)

Managing Blackberries Along Riparian Areas

Plants List and Planting Guide

RVCOG Plant List

Fish-Friendly Home and Gardens Flyer

Septic Systems - How They Work and How to Keep Them Working 

Ways to fix a stream - Planting and Other Restoration Activities 

 

Urban Stream Restoration for Residential Landowners

Stormwater pollution occurs not only in areas close to waterbodies but also in areas far away.  Stormwater runoff in urban areas contributes a lot more than just water into storm drains, which flow unfiltered and directly into streams.  Sediment, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, motor oil and animal feces often find their way into local waterbodies after a significant storm event.  Below is a list of practices urban residents can do to help prevent stormwater pollution. 

Oregon Rain Garden Guide

Field Guide:  Maintaining Rain Gardens, Swales and Stormwater Planters

Native Plant Sources in Oregon

What You Can Do To Help

Keep Yard Waste Out of Stormwater

How to Be a Salmon Friendly Gardener

Urban Living Handbook - A Resource for Jackson County Living and Stewardship

Marin County Creek Care Guide 

Planting and Maintaining Your Native Landscape

Designing Your Landscape

Nurseries that Provide Native Plants in or Near the Rogue Valley

Native Plant Lists

Trees and Shrubs for Attracting Pollinators

Stream and Wetland Enhancement Guide

Garden-worthy Native Trees and Shrubs

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q:  How do I know what native species to plant?

A:  There are a number of local reference guides that contain information on what species to plant under what conditions.  The Stream and Wetland Enhancement Guide is one example providing a comprehensive list of native species.  In addition, there are local guides including the Garden Guide for the Rogue Valley that contain lists of Garden-worthy Native Trees and Shrubs.

Q:  Where can I get plants and seeds locally and how do I plant?

A:  Plants and seeds are available through a number of local nurseries, online, and at commercials (e.g., the Grange Co-op).  A list of nurseries and seed vendors as well as how to plant can be found in the Stream and Wetland Enhancement Guide and in the 2010 Bear Creek and Rogue Basin Riparian Planting Plan. 

Planting Project Examples: 

The following projects are being implemented as part of local restoration programs to improve water quality conditions and . They are examples of work being done to return the natives to the watershed following the procedures outlined in the Riparian Planting Program.  They were completed with the help and support of numerous organizations, individuals, and agencies.

Current Projects

Medford Bear Creek Riparian Restoration Planting- 15 acres are being restored along both sides of the greenway between Jackson Street and McAndrews Road in Medford.

Swanson Creek Riparian Restoration Planting-  A 900 ft. riparian corridor is being restored along both sides of Swanson Creek along Hwy. 62 and Justice Rd.

U.S. Cellular Sports Park Restoration Planting-  15 acres are being restored along the greenway at U.S. Cellular Sports Park in Medford.

Riparian Outreach Related Information and Activities

Salmon Watch

Salmon Watch Activity Sheets

Salmon Lifecycle Power Point Presentation

Soil Activity

   Other Resources and Links:      

 

 

 

 

 

  • North Mountain Parks' Plants of the Rogue Valley
  • Click here to view the 2010 Bear Creek and Rogue Basin Riparian Planting Plan.    
  • Click to view Water Resources' Noxious Weed Handout in Acrobat (PDF) format.
  • Water Conservation Tips
  • Native Tree Species
  • Rain Gardens - How to design and construct a successful professional rain garden
  • Click to view a Stream and Wetland Enhancement Guide in Acrobat (PDF) format
  • Click to view a list of Native Plant Species in Acrobat (PDF) format. 
  •  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    HOME | Contact Us | Staff Directory | Links & Resources | Site Map | SEARCH | Login
    Website Design & Hosting by: Mighty.Net LLC

      

    guild wars 2,guild wars 2 gold,guild wars 2 power leveling,www.guildwars2vip.com,Guild Wars 2 Gold,GW2 Gold,Guild Wars 2 Power Leveling,www.guildwars2casa.com,WoW Gold,Cheap WoW Gold,Buy WoW Gold,www.wowgoldapp.com,FFXI Gil,Final Fantasy XI Gil,Final Fantasy XI,www.ffximvp.com,Aion Kinah,Aion Gold,Aion Kina,www.aionmvp.com,Runescape Gold,RS Gold,Runescape,www.runescapecasa.com,diablo 3 gold,diablo iii gold,diablo 3 power leveling,www.diablo3s.com,Adidas Predator,Adidas Adipure,Adidas F50 Adizero,www.shoesrar.com,Replica Handbags,Replica Watches,Replica Handbags,www.replica.im,Replica Handbags,Replica Bags,www.BadgesTacking.com,Fashion Clothing,Fashion Clothes,www.Schnaeder.com