Tribal Engagement Project

Help The Council Facilitate Dialogue With Tribes Regarding Traditional Knowledge in Oak and Prairie Habitats

With the help of generous donations after the close of the campaign, and a $1000 gift from Pacific Continental Bank, the council successfully met our $26,000 goal to fund the outreach and facilitation work on this project! The Spirit Mountain Community Fund of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde has generously awarded the council with a $15,000 grant toward this work! We asked the watershed community to support this important work and in just a few short weeks you stepped up in support of this vision. While the campaign is over, the work is already underway, and ongoing. The more we are able to raise, the more relationships we will be able to build, and the greater the opportunities for meaningful engagement between project partners and these important habitats. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting first step the council is taking in this work!

Will you give to this unique and exciting project? *Click here to support this important work in the Long Tom Watershed!*


About The Project

Map of the Andrew Reasoner Wildlife Preserve

Linda and Doug Carnine own the Andrew Reasoner Wildlife Preserve in the Long Tom Watershed. They recently worked with McKenzie River Trust to place the property under a conservation easement. This 300-acre property is host to high-quality oak and prairie habitat, which supports numerous plant and animal species. The landowners have interest in exploring access opportunities for Native people to collect plant material for traditional practices. The Kalapuya people managed the land in the Long Tom Watershed for upwards of 10,000 years before European settlement.  The native plant and animal communities that oak and prairie habitats support are a direct result of the traditional restoration activities Native people practiced. Many of those techniques and activities are no longer practiced on much of the oak habitat that remains. Compared to its former extent, as little as one percent of oak savanna habitat remains in the Willamette Valley, and 98% of it is on private lands.

Through workshops, one-on-one conversations, and internships for Native youth, the Long Tom Watershed Council seeks to: facilitate dialogue between tribal members and partners exploring the potential to reincorporate traditional practices on the Andrew Reasoner Wildlife Preserve and Zumwalt Park near Fern Ridge;  explore opportunities and interest in formalizing access for cultural practices; and inform processes for convening and formalizing relationships between tribal members and interested landowners.

Full Project Narrative:

Putting Traditional Ecological Knowledge back into the Long Tom Watershed

LTWC Restoration Ecologist Katie MacKendrick and Executive Director Clinton Begley accept the Spirit Mountain Community Fund’s award of $15,000 toward this project

Project Partners

Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, Andrew Reasoner Wildlife Preserve [Linda & Doug Carnine], Chifin Native Youth Center, Eugene 4J Natives Program, Institute For Applied Ecology, Lane County Parks, Friends of Zumwalt Park, Army Corps of Engineers, Mckenzie River Trust, Spirit Mountain Community Fund

Letters of Support

Friends of Zumwalt Park  | Doug & Linda Carnine 

Project Funding | How You Can Help!

The council seeks to raise $26,000 to fund the outreach and facilitation work on this project. The Spirit Mountain Community Fund of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde has generously awarded the council with a $15,000 grant toward this project!

During the next month, the council seeks to raise the additional $11,000 necessary to complete this project. We are asking the watershed community to support this important work. Can you help us reach our $11,000 goal

To make a gift online, you can fill out the form below. Or mail contributions to: The Long Tom Watershed Council: 751 S. Danebo Ave., Eugene, OR 97477
Please call Clinton at 541-654-8965 with any questions you might have about this exciting work!




“The project is important to me, personally, and organizationally, as I am a basket weaver and we are always looking for spots to have our material grow and be harvested in a correct way and time.  Habitat restoration would be so beneficial. [But] what excites me most is simply having a tribal voice heard”

-Brenda Brainard [“Natives Program” Director – Eugene 4J Schools]

“The Andrew Reasoner Wildlife Preserve is home to some of the best remaining oak savanna in our region. It’s the perfect place to study how we can better care for oak woodlands and prairies, and everything that relies on them.”

– Liz Lawrence [ Associate Director of Finance & Development – Mckenzie River Trust]

“The project represents an important step towards restoring and improving remnant savanna and prairie habitats in the park, and encouraging their associated native plant and animal communities. We need to harness living knowledge of traditional practices while we still can. This exciting opportunity would involve the community in educational workshops and teach future generations native ways of tending the land. The potential outcome would benefit the natural environment and proliferate camas and other wildlife throughout the park. Fostering better relationships with native peoples would help to preserve and bring awareness to the cultural heritage of the Willamette Valley.”

-Friends of Zumwalt Park


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