The Long Tom Watershed Council is proud of its strong relationship with our Agriculture Community. Over the years we’ve worked with many ag partners toward shared habitat and water quality goals on numerous projects throughout the watershed.
Two recent issues of USDA’s Inside Agroforestry, highlighted Laughing Stock Farm owner Paul Atkinson and Confluence Farms’ Trey and Tammie Hagen. In the articles, these Long Tom Landowners share their stories about their land, personal values, and motivations for partnering with the council to improve watershed health. These are great stories of community driven conservation in action!
Join the LTWC Volunteer Planting Crew on Sunday, May, 7th from 10AM – 3PM (tenative), for HIV Alliance’s Rain Garden Planting with our Urban Restoration & Stormwater Specialist, Sarah Whitney! Continue reading…
Each year, the Nominating Committee recruits and recommends a slate of Board of Directors candidates for election at the Annual Meeting. This year’s slate includes Kea Cannon, Ginnie Grilley, Shelly Miller, and Jonathan Powell. Continue reading…
Amazon creek is home to heron, otter, amphibians, insects, native fish like sculpins, and about 159,000 Eugenians, but where are the trout? When the seasonal flows are right, native cutthroat trout are knocking at the door of Amazon Creek where it meets Fern Ridge Reservoir and the Long Tom River. But the creek isn’t quite ready yet. After four years of success working to improve Amazon Creek water quality through voluntary low impact development with commercial partners, we see a community willing to take the next step toward a trout friendly Amazon Creek, but we need your help.
We have several volunteer opportunities this summer – catching and tagging cutthroat trout, collecting bugs, stewarding native plants, and more. Have some fun in the sun and stream while helping your local watershed council! Continue reading…
The Hunton Family has been a part of the watershed council since the beginning, and has shared numerous watershed moments with us over the last twenty years. Jason Hunton was kind enough to host us at his home and family farm, to share with us what makes this council so special to him, and such an important resource for private landowners seeking to add conservation value to the watershed we share, through meaningful projects on the land they work and steward. [Watch Video Here]
The success of that work has depended upon each of your many watershed moments. Moments like your hours spent volunteering counting fish or planting native shrubs, lending your voice on watershed issues at our council meetings, or your generous donations to our work. Or, most importantly, moments spent sharing your time and your love for the watershed with family, friends, neighbors and us.
This year the council celebrates 20 years of neighbors helping neighbors to enhance land and water in their community. From the timber stands to the coast range to the rich agricultural lands in the valley bottom, and our urban tributary Amazon Creek, the common value to steward our land and water has been the foundation for bridges of trust and a sense of community around the vision for a healthy Long Tom Watershed.
Urban Stormwater & Habitats Specialist Sarah Whitney, and Administrative Assistant Trisha Maxfield coordinated a volunteer event Sunday, May 7th with HIV Alliance in Eugene to plant over 600 plants, with the help of 60 volunteers! The planting event helped to put the finishing touches on a significant stormwater project at HIV Alliance’s new site.
A project under the council’s Urban Waters and Wildlife Program, this “Trout Friendly Landscape” will treat storm water leaving the HIV Alliance site – the plants and soil will slow the water coming off the site, and filter pollutants before the water reaches Amazon Creek, the Long Tom River’s major urban tributary. Check out this news report and video from KVAL and visit our urban program page at www.urbanwatersandwildlife.org
THANK YOU!! The watershed community really stepped up for this vision for oak & prairie habitats and the inclusion of local tribes in the Long Tom Watershed.
All together the council raised $24,910 toward this important work. While just $1090 shy of our $26,000 goal, we have been humbled and heartened by the incredible generosity we’ve received from the watershed community during this very short campaign.
This was an amazing response to our first step in engaging tribes in dialogue around oak and prairie habitat restoration. While the campaign is over, this work is already underway and we look forward to telling the story of this program over the next year as we learn from our tribal partners and others throughout the basin on how best to navigate the opportunities ahead.
Because this project is just the first step in an ongoing conversation for the watershed, we welcome the continued community support for this work via the program page on our website: http://www.longtom.org/tribalengagement