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Coyote Prairie

Project #: 257106  –   Updated: October 21, 2015

Project Summary

In 2015, the City of Eugene Natural Areas Program completed the last of four phases of wetland restoration on a 226 acre former agricultural site. This is part of the City's wetland mitigation bank program.

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Location (by county):
Lane County (OR)

Watersheds:
Upper Willamette

Congressional Districts:
OR District 04

Bird Conservation Regions:
Northern Pacific Rainforest

USFWS Regions:
Pacific Region

Project size:
240.12 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Coyote Prairie Yes

Full Project Description

In 2015, the City of Eugene Natural Areas Program completed the last of four phases of wetland restoration on a 226 acre former agricultural site. This is part of the City's wetland mitigation bank program.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Conservation Mission
The City of Eugene Natural Areas and Urban Forestry program has as part of its mission to 1) advance and steward interconnected systems of natural areas, trees, trails, and clean waters and 2) protect and restore exological functions and native biological diversity.
Mitigation
This site is part of the City of Eugene's Wetland Mitigation Bank program.

Primary goals:

Provide 165 acres of compensatory wetland mitigation credits to approved applicants within its servive area to offset impacts to wetland resources.
Progress:

Groundwork complete. Seeding and planting underway.

Enhance site hydrology and historic surface water flow to support the establishment of wet prairie, vernal pool, and emergent communities.
Progress:

Groundwork complete.

Enhance vegetation to provide highly diverse wetland communities resistant to invasion and resilient to disturbance.
Progress:

Seeding and planting underway.

Establish a diverse prairie plant community to provide food, shelter, and breeding areas for native prairie invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds.
Progress:

Groundwork complete including construction of experimental lark pads. Planting and seeding underway.

Consistent with plans:

State Wildlife Action Plan
Wetlands are identified as a priority habitat in the Oregon Conservation Strategy.

Targeted Ecosystem Services:

  • Habitat/Biodiversity
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Endangered Species
  • Wetlands
  • Water Quality
  • Storm Water
Credit Summary
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Targeted habitats:

    • Shrublands and Grasslands
      • Grasslands
    • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
      • Marshes, Bogs and Emergent Wetlands

Targeted species:

  • Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
  • Streaked Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris strigata
  • Bradshaw's Lomatium Lomatium bradshawii

Actions

Project Actions
Restore or re-establish wetland hydrology Show/Hide details
Control erosion Show/Hide details
Plant native riparian, wetland or aquatic vegetation Show/Hide details
Reintroduce native species Show/Hide details
Vegetation monitoring Show/Hide details

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   Yes

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We will set up photo points and a grid system of survey points for wetland vegetation and hydrologic monitoring.

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Organization

City of Eugene Parks and Open Space
(Local Government)

Primary Contact

Shelly Miller
City of Eugene Parks and Open Space
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Project Photos

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