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Volunteers need help restoring Deep Creek

by: BRIAN PASKO Several volunteers during a 2011 work day remove invasive species and plant native species alongside Deep Creek near downtown Boring.

Volunteers from the Boring area will be needed again this year when Friends of the Boring Station Trailhead Park and the Boring-Damascus Grange continue work around Deep Creek, just off Richey Road near downtown Boring.

As in a few years past, the group of local volunteers will be assisted in this stream restoration project with the efforts of Clackamas River Basin Council members.

'We've removed invasive plants and planted native trees and shrubs,' said Brian Pasko of the Friends group. 'We've also carried out other tasks that have turned this property into a model stream restoration site in the Clackamas River Watershed.'

Last year, there were more volunteers from Clackamas than Boring, and Pasko is inviting local residents, who will benefit the most from this project, which is near the Cazadero Trailhead (Oregon State Parks) and a short distance from the end of the Springwater Trail (Clackamas County Parks).

'Please consider joining us,' Pasko said, 'for this fun and rewarding event this year.' 

The coming Feb. 11 work day is dedicated to Valentine's Day, said Dan O'Dell, chair of the Friends group. This effort, he said, is the volunteers' manner of showing the way they care for the wildlife and plants that surround the riparian area near Deep Creek, which empties into the Clackamas River.

'This is a rare opportunity for folks in the rural community to get involved in a coordinated project from the ground floor,' O'Dell said. 'Hopefully, there will be many other stream restoration projects out here.'

The Clackamas River Basin Council, O'Dell said, is receiving grants each year to pay the expenses of restoring area streamside frontage. The group works on another project each month, calling them 'Shade our Streams' projects.

O'Dell suggested that rural landowners with stream frontage should contact the council for volunteer assistance controlling their invasive plants as well as planting natives.

For information on the Shade our Streams projects, contact the group's project manager, Jenny Bieger, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Education and Outreach Coordinator Becki Walker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Feb. 11 project in Boring will be on land owned by the Boring-Damascus Grange, and the restoration project is designed to encourage the growth of native plants, especially those that shade the stream and keep the water cool on warm days.

For more information or to RSVP, contact O'Dell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or email Brian Pasko at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you go

What: stream restoration of Deep Creek.

Where: just east of Richey Road and Highway 212

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11

Who: anyone interested in improving the quality of life for wildlife and plants.

Why: to improve the environment around the Cazadero Trailhead and encourage native plant growth as well as tree shade over Deep Creek.