Workshop offered by Luckiamute Watershed Council

OAK WOODLAND OWNERS INVITED TO MARCH 9 WORKSHOP

Oak woodland owners or managers who want to learn more about restoring this quickly-disappearing resource are invited to a free workshop sponsored by the Luckiamute Watershed Council. Co-sponsors include the Rickreall and Glenn-Gibson Watershed Councils, the Polk Soil & Water Conservation District, and the OSU Extension and Forest Restoration Partnership. The workshop is at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, March 9, at the Monmouth Library, 168 S. Ecols St.

The presentation by oak habitat restoration experts is titled "An Introduction to Conservation and Restoration of Oak Woodland Communities."

The Bureau of Land Management, in partnership with several nonprofit organizations and natural resource agencies, has recently published "A Landowner's Guide for Restoring and Managing Oregon White Oak Habitats." Oregon white oak savannas and woodlands are a very important piece of the ecological fabric of the Pacific Northwest.

The Oregon white oak provides important habitat for more than 300 animal species in our region. These habitats, and the wildlife that depend on them, have diminished greatly from the past. Owners of land with oak habitat possess the opportunity to conserve this dwindling habitat.

Federal, state and private assistance programs for oak restoration are currently available and can cover 75 to 100 percent of a landowner's costs for oak enhancement activities.

To view or request a free copy of "A Landowner's Guide for Restoring and Managing Oregon White Oak Habitats" (a 65 page booklet) online, go to www.or.blm.gov/salem. To request a copy by mail: BLM Salem District Office, ATT: Hugh Snook, 1717 Fabry Rd, Salem, OR 97306. A 25-minute video to accompany the guide, titled "A Landowner's Video Guide for Restoring and Managing Oregon White Oak Habitats" will be available June 2005.

For more information on the local presentation, contact Eve Montanaro, Luckiamute Watershed Council coordinator at 503-838-8804 or lwc@wou.edu.

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