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South Eugene Meadows

Project #: 257109  –   Updated: October 23, 2015

Project Summary

The City of Eugene purchased approximately 194 acres of land in Lane County, OR in 2012 using funds from a variety of sources including the 2006 Parks and Open Space bond measure, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and Bonneville Power Administration. The landowner also made a generous contribution. The property was identified for purchase to conserve imperiled habitats and rare species, to protect open space, and to provide an additional segment of the Ridgeline Trail. Over the last few years, work has been done to stabilize the site and restore habitat.

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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:
196.27 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
South Eugene Meadows Yes

Full Project Description

The City of Eugene purchased approximately 194 acres of land in Lane County, OR in 2012 using funds from a variety of sources including the 2006 Parks and Open Space bond measure, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and Bonneville Power Administration. The landowner also made a generous contribution. The property was identified for purchase to conserve imperiled habitats and rare species, to protect open space, and to provide an additional segment of the Ridgeline Trail. Over the last few years, work has been done to stabilize the site and restore habitat.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Conservation Mission
This project is in line with the City of Eugene's Natural Areas and Urban Forestry missions to 1)advance and steward interconnected systems of natural areas, trails, and clean waters, and 2) protect and restore ecological functions and native biological diversity.
Public Benefit
Protecting publicly owned natural resources, water quality. Connecting habitats and making trail linkages.

Primary goals:

Remove invading trees and invasive shrubs from approximately 40 acres of prairie and savanna.
Progress:

Significant progress has been made in removing invasive Douglas fir and understory from oak woodland habitats.

Maintain and expand populations of priority plant species in grasslands
Progress:

Removal of non-native and other invasives has opened up habitat for target woodland and grassland species.

Enhance habitat features for grassland and oak-dependent wildlife species.
Progress:

Selective thinning and stabilization project has enhance these habitat features.

Provide compatible public access to the site.
Progress:

Some progress has been made in marking the property, providing additional parking, and rough trail. More is planned. Wildlife friendly fence has been installed.

Consistent with plans:

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

Targeted Ecosystem Services:

  • Habitat/Biodiversity
  • Soil Conservation
  • Water Quality
  • Aesthetic Values

Targeted habitats:

    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Deciduous Forests and Woodlands
        • Oak Forest and Woodland
      • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
        • Big Leaf Maple, Black Oak, or White Oak with Conifer Forest
    • Shrublands and Grasslands
      • Grasslands
        • Coastal and Valley Grassland
    • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats

Targeted species:

  • Kincaid's Lupine Lupinus oreganus var. kincaidii
  • Fender's Blue Plebejus icarioides fenderi
  • Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
  • Oregon Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus affinis
  • Western Gray Squirrel Sciurus griseus
  • Oregon white oak, Garry oak Quercus garryana

Actions

Project Actions
Control encroaching species Show/Hide details
Create/improve spawning/nesting habitat Show/Hide details
Maintain or create natural stream buffers Show/Hide details
Control invasive plants Show/Hide details

Assistance

Direct Funding
Bonneville Power Administration (Federal Government) Show/Hide details

Outcomes

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

Please describe your monitoring activity.

City's ecologists visit the site regularly to assess progress and stability of the site to support native vegetation. Twenty-four monitoring photo points have been established to assess vegetative structure goals. May use active volunteer organizations to conduct bird surveys.

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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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