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Field Trips

Post-conference field trips to a number of sites throughout Portland and the Lower Columbia Region will be offered on Friday, April 8. In order to participate in a field trip you must register for at least one day of the conference, and register for the specific field trip you wish to attend through the registration site. Follow this link to register. Please return to this page in the coming weeks as we will update information about field trips.


Urban Grassland and Prairie Oak Restoration

Led by: Mary Bushman with City of Portland, Elaine Stewart with Metro, Kammy Kern Korot with WMSWCD, and Gaylen Beatty with Columbia Land Trust’s Backyard Habitat Program.
Tour: 8:00 am – 2:00 PM (Tour bus transportation provided to short trail walks at each site)
Cost: $50 (includes lunch)

At this tour we visit oak and prairie restoration sites across the urban rural gradient in the Portland area. We will visit sites on both public and private property. Sites include St Johns Prairie, Baltimore Woods, Sauvie Island, and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. We will talk about the various tools that come into play in the City of Portland to protect and enhance oak and prairie habitats. Discussion topics will highlight the wide diversity of innovative partnerships and programs in support of oak and prairie pollinator and avian habitat enhancement goals across the urban gradient. Including (1) tools for working on private lands, (3) working with the community to achieve long term goals, (4) A sneak peek at Portland’s new Meadowscaping Hand book and (5) Portland’s plans for oak and prairie restoration in preparation for future climate scenarios. Come join us for this walk about and stimulating discussion about Portland’s Oak and Prairie restoration work.


Stream and Wetland Restoration at Ramsey Lake and Johnson Creek

Led by: Toby Query (Portland Bureau of Environmental Services) and others
Tour: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 2 stops with walking at each site
Cost: $50 (includes box lunch)

We will visit constructed wetlands and streambanks at the edges of Portland. Along the tidally influenced Columbia Slough, Ramsey Lake wetlands is a combination of constructed and natural wetlands which also  includes one of the largest Pacific Willow floodplain forests in Oregon.  Stormwater is treated by a series of hard and soft infrastructure and there has been over 12 years of reed canary grass control as well as other restoration activities on the site.  Foster Floodplain in SE Portland’s Johnson Creek Watershed is a 75 acre streambank and floodplain restoration project that includes large wood placement and overflow channels as well as the installation of over 20,000 native trees and shrubs.  An adjacent project, Brookside, which was constructed in 1998 will also be visited for an excellent contrast.  Come learn about the design as well as the planting and maintenance of these sites!


Eco-Roof and Green Street Tour

Led by: Amber Fox and Casey Cunningham, City of Portland Environmental Services
Tour: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, bus tour with short talks
Cost: $50 (includes lunch)

The City of Portland manages over 1700 “Green Street” planters and swales and has been active at installing and monitoring green roofs throughout the City.  On this tour you will see how Portland is a world leader in green infrastructure design and maintenance by visiting green roofs and green streets throughout the City.

Chehalem Ridge Forest Restoration

Led by: Kate Holleran, Senior Natural Resource Scientist, Portland Metro
Tour: 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM, bus tour with short talks
Cost: $50 (includes lunch)

From tree farm to wildland –  Explore the techniques for transitioning a commercial tree farm to a wild forest, including: early seral habitat conservation, forest thinning to maintain diversity and accelerate late successional forest structure, wildlife tree and habitat pile creation, re-establishing native understories and stream restoration. Over the past ten years, Metro has purchased almost 1300 acres along Chehalem Ridge in the North Willamette Valley. The original forest included over 550 acres of densely planted Douglas fir plantations, narrow riparian zones, and greatly reduced standing dead and down wood resources. Metro is applying the latest science about young forest management and managing in the face of climate change to create a resilient forest that provides an increase in ecological function and wildlife habitat at this ridgetop forest.


River View Natural Area

Led by: Kendra Petersen-Morgan (Portland Parks and Recreation) and Ryan Durocher (Bureau of Environmental Services)
Tour: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, off-trail walking tour of the site
Cost: $25 (does not include lunch)

The City of Portland acquired River View Natural Area, a 146-acre forested parcel, in 2011 and began aggressive, large-scale restoration efforts immediately after acquisition. The natural area contains incredible ecological resources in the core of the city. The site’s seven free-flowing streams contribute cool, clean water directly to the Willamette River. However, the long-term vitality of those resources was compromised by extensive inundation of invasive plants. The restoration work on the site has been transformative, with reductions in invasive coverage of over 90% in some areas and native plants spreading through both natural regeneration and revegetation. The walking tour of the site will focus on invasive species control efforts, planting successes and challenges, preliminary monitoring results, the planning process, and other noteworthy ecological issues. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/62001 for more information about River View Natural Area. Please note that the site includes steep and challenging terrain.

aerial views of Riverview property.









Photo: Harold Hutchinson


Lockwood Creek, Clark County WA

Led by: Richard Dryland, Suvervisory Hydrologist, Fish First, Richland, WA;  Dr. Frank Reckendorf, Fluvial Geomorphologist, Reckendorf and Associates, Salem, OR;  and Dr. Barry Southerland, Fluvial Geomorphologist,  West National Technical Support Center, NRCS, Portland, OR
Tour: 8:00 AM – 16:00 PM, off-trail walking tour, Chest Waders a required for this trip
Cost: $100 (includes box lunch)

Lockwood Creek is a tributary of the  lower Lewis River in Clark County WA.   It has a long history of streambank erosion and over the years many solutions have been tried to reduce strambank erosion.  Washington Depart of Fish and Willdlfe installed root wad and boulder structures . These have mostly worked over the past several years.  Later a private contractor installed Engineering Log Jams in 2005, some of which have been flanked by streambank erosion, In 2008.  That streambank erosion eroded out some of the soil bioengineering treatment that had been installed by  Clark County Conservation District.  A repair of the eroded area behind ELJ occurred in 2011.  A profile and cross section of the ELJ modified  eroded section along with some bank pines were established in (2011).  Re-cross section and bank pin surveys are proposed to occur before the conference.

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