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Murray Hill

Project #: 257108  –   Updated: November 02, 2015

Project Summary

The City of Eugene completed a project in partnership with the Long Tom Watershed Council to conduct selective thinning in oak and conifer woodlands.

Location (by county):
Lane County (OR)

Upper Willamette

Congressional Districts:
OR District 04

Bird Conservation Regions:
Northern Pacific Rainforest

USFWS Regions:
Pacific Region

Project size:
78.0 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Murray Hill (approx) Yes

Full Project Description

The City of Eugene completed a project in partnership with the Long Tom Watershed Council to conduct selective thinning in oak and conifer woodlands.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Conservation Mission
This work fits well with the mission of the City of Eugene's Natural Areas and Urban Forestry Section which includes: 1) Protecting and restoring ecological functions and native biodiversity and 2) advancing and stewarding interconnected systems of natural areas, trees, trails and clean waters.

Primary goals:

Treat non-native invasive plants, including shining geranium (Geranium lucidum), false brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum), Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius), blackberry (Rubus armeniacus, R. laciniatus), English ivy (Hedera helix), English holly (Ilex aquifolium), cultivated pear (Pyrus communis), and Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) first in and around areas identified for thinning and access, and second throughout the project area for two years following thinning.

Some progress has been made. This will be an on-going management need.

Restore the physical structure of oak woodland and savanna. During the dry season, late summer/early fall, we will remove fir trees, invasives, and dense, smaller oaks to achieve stand canopies between 30-70 -percent cover for oak woodlands and less than 30 percent cover for oak savanna.

We have made progress towards this goal. We successfully implemented thinning to reach coverage resembling oak woodlands.

Enhance the physical structure of conifer woodland. We will remove Douglas fir and big-leaf maple trees and invasive shrubs and trees to open the canopy and allow more light to reach native understory shrubs, trees, and herbaceous ground cover. Retaining a canopy with at least 40, and more likely closer to 75- percent cover, we will restore historic dry conifer woodland conditions.

We thinned the conifer forest under this summer's project. Approximately 1/3 of the existing trees were removed, focusing on creating gaps or cluster openings, not consistent coverage across the habitat.

Consistent with plans:

State Wildlife Action Plan
Oak woodlands are identified as strategy habitats in the Oregon Conservation Strategy.

Targeted Ecosystem Services:

  • Habitat/Biodiversity
  • Fire Risk Management

Targeted habitats:

    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Conifer Forests
      • Deciduous Forests and Woodlands
        • Oak Forest and Woodland
    • Shrublands and Grasslands

Targeted species:

  • Oregon white oak, Garry oak Quercus garryana


Project Actions
Control encroaching species Show/Hide details
Control invasive plants Show/Hide details


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

Please describe your monitoring activity.

City staff will monitor the site regularly to identify regrowth of non-native plants and invasive native plants and treat appropriately. Future monitoring/site visits will inform future restoration efforts.

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City of Eugene Parks and Open Space
(Local Government)

Primary Contact

Shelly Miller
City of Eugene Parks and Open Space
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  • Long Tom Watershed Council

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