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Boring stream work needs volunteers

Planting 1,000 more trees will improve fish habitat, prevent stream erosion


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: - CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Volunteers planted trees and shrubs near the banks of the North Fork of Deep Creek near downtown Boring last year at this time. The Clackamas River Basin Council and the Boring-Damascus Grange organize the event. The CRBC is now asking for volunteers for the Feb. 9 event.In a project sponsored jointly by the Boring-Damascus Grange and the Clackamas River Basin Council, nearly 1,000 trees will be planted alongside the North Fork of Deep Creek near Boring.

The project needs volunteers — people who live nearby; people who will benefit from the improved water quality for native fish; and people who appreciate the fact the stream is protected from severe erosion.

In the past four years, this ongoing project has involved volunteers from the river basin council, the Grange, local high schools and youth crews, who have removed hundreds of pounds of invasive weeds and planted many trees and shrubs.

This year, the project will plant trees in a wider area near the creek, which flows into the Clackamas River.

Rebecca Walker, a member of the basin council, is asking Boring area residents to “get muddy for a good cause,” while planting nearly 1,000 native trees near the creek which runs across land the Boring-Damascus Grange owns.

This project also will remove invasive weeds that could threaten trees and shrubs.

Work at this site has been conducted through the basin council’s Shade Our Streams project, which will eventually plant more than 300,000 native trees along 30 miles of streams in the Clackamas watershed.

These streams — which include mainly Deep Creek, Eagle Creek and Clear Creek — have populations of coho salmon and steelhead as well as cutthroat and rainbow trout.

This work party event is funded by the Clackamas River Water Providers.

Native trees improve water quality and create better habitat for plant, animal and fish species. Streamside landowners who are interested in receiving restoration services through the Shade Our Streams project should contact the Clackamas River Basin Council.

For more information on the basin council or to volunteer for the Feb. 9 work party in Boring, call Walker at 503-303-4372, ext. 101, visit clackamasriver.org/events or send an email to Walker at rebecca@clackamasriver.org.

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