Willamette Valley Wet Prairie Tourhttps://wetlandsconservancy.org/event/willamette-valley-wet-prairie-tour/
“It was hard to believe I had never seen a native wetland prairie in all my years in Oregon. The many flowering plants and native grasses were beautiful and I learned a lot about the challenges of managing these areas and assuring diversity for not only plants but fish and wildlife too.” -Fran Recht
Willamette Valley wet prairies are among the most endangered habitat types in the state of Oregon, and among the rarest of North America ecosystems. Come tour Evergreen Wetlands, approximately 1.5 miles south of Philomath with wetland banker Ray Fiori and TWC Executive Director, Esther Lev. Over the past 12 years Ray and Oregon Wetlands LLC have restored 175 acres of Willamette Valley wetlands, with significant prairie habitat. Prior to restoration of the wetland, the site was in agricultural production. Eleven years later, the site is dominated by native wetland plants, including some rare species, and turned the wetlands into a tapestry of color and texture. Bring your binoculars, as the fauna is just as diverse as the flora. Today the restored rye grass field qualifies as an Oregon’s Greatest wetland.
WHAT: All day tour includes transportation from Portland and lunch.
WHEN: June 4th, 2019
COST: $80 (minimum of 5, maximum of 14 people)