Wetland Prairie Restoration

Grant-Funded Website and Guide Highlight Wetland Prairie Restoration Techniques

Eugene Parks and Open Space is proud to announce the Practical Guidelines for Wetland Prairie Restoration in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, which distills 10 years of research and lessons learned in the Willamette Valley region. The restoration guide was developed by the City of Eugene, Lane Council of Governments, and the Institute for Applied Ecology to share how-to recommendations with wetland restoration practitioners and promote effective wetland conservation. The findings of the research are being used by other land managers who work with wetland prairie habitats from Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia.

In addition the new website represents the capstone to a 10-year U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-funded research project undertaken by Parks and Open Space staff and partners. Wetland Prairie Restoration: An Online Resource is a comprehensive introduction to the history and ecology of wetland prairies in the Willamette Valley and an overview of the restoration process. The web page, which is hosted on the Cascadia Prairie Oak Partnership website, was created by students in the University of Oregon’s Environmental Leadership Program.

In addition to the website and guide, Parks and Open Space staff, along with partners at the Institute for Applied Ecology and Jeff Krueger Environments, hosted a workshop to train over 90 wetland experts in wetland prairie restoration techniques using the City’s Coyote Prairie as a demonstration site. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency generously provided funding to support this 10-year project through multiple wetland program development grants to the City and its partners.

For more information, please contact Diane Steeck (Ecologist) at 541-682-4927.