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Luckiamute State Natural Area Enhancement

Project #: 260473  –   Updated: November 28, 2015

Project Summary

Luckiamute State Natural Area (LSNA) is an Oregon State Parks property located at an important confluence area of the Luckiamute, Santiam, and Willamette Rivers. The 925-acre property is split between the North and South Tracts and features topographically diverse conditions, including abandoned meander scrolls, depressions, flat fields, ridges and steep river banks. Soils are comprised of flood-deposited silts, sands, and gravels and plant communities include oak-conifer woodlands, mixed riparian and bottomland forests, forested, shrub-scrub and emergent wetlands and patches of upland and ...

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Location (by county):
Polk County (OR)

Watersheds:
Upper Willamette

Congressional Districts:
OR District 05

Bird Conservation Regions:
Northern Pacific Rainforest

USFWS Regions:
Pacific Region

Project size:
925.0 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Luckiamute State Natural Area Yes

Full Project Description

Luckiamute State Natural Area (LSNA) is an Oregon State Parks property located at an important confluence area of the Luckiamute, Santiam, and Willamette Rivers. The 925-acre property is split between the North and South Tracts and features topographically diverse conditions, including abandoned meander scrolls, depressions, flat fields, ridges and steep river banks. Soils are comprised of flood-deposited silts, sands, and gravels and plant communities include oak-conifer woodlands, mixed riparian and bottomland forests, forested, shrub-scrub and emergent wetlands and patches of upland and wet prairie. Agricultural fields currently cover less than half of the site and much of the surrounding landscape. A strong and productive partnership between Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and the Luckiamute Watershed Council (LWC) has been working in three project phases on enhancement and establishment of over 500 acres of riparian and floodplain forest since 2010. Through this effort, a combination of invasive species control and installation of over 500,000 native trees and shrubs has transformed project areas at LSNA and dramatically improved floodplain conditions in the two-year inundation zone.

Project Assistance & Partnership Opportunities

Volunteers

There is often a need for volunteers to work through the project areas and clip flowers from priority weeds to prevent the weeds from going to seed. This mechanical control saves funds and reduces herbicide use.

Funding

Luckiamute Watershed Council and Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept will install the first phase of interpretive signage along the North Tract Loop trail in 2015 (3 signs) and will be seeking funding for a second phase of 3 more signs. Funds would support staff time for design and production of signage materials.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Conservation Mission
The purpose of the project is to enhance and restore key habitats at an ecologically important site - namely riparian and floodplain forest habitats for the benefit of salmonid and other species.
Public Benefit
The site is a public space open for recreational opportunities. The area also provides ecosystem service benefits such as water filtration, habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife, and floodwater storage.

Consistent with plans:

Watershed Plan
Luckiamute Watershed Council 2010 Action Plan
Other
Luckiamute State Natural Area Master Plan (OPRD)
Species Recovery Plan
Upper Willamette River Conservation and Recovery Plan for Chinook Salmon and Steelhead (ODFW and NOAA NW Region, 2011)

Targeted Ecosystem Services:

  • Habitat/Biodiversity
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Endangered Species
  • Wetlands
  • Pollination
  • Carbon and Other Greenhouse Gases
  • Water Quality
  • Water Quantity
  • Aesthetic Values

Targeted habitats:

    • Aquatic
      • Rivers and Streams
    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
        • Big Leaf Maple, Black Oak, or White Oak with Conifer Forest
    • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
      • Forested or Shrub Wetlands and Swamps
      • Lowland Riparian Forests and Shrublands
        • Coastal and Valley Lowland Riparian Forest and Shrubland

Targeted species:

  • Steelhead - Upper Willamette River Winter Run Oncorhynchus mykiss pop. 33
  • Chinook Salmon - Upper Willamette River Spring Run Oncorhynchus tshawytscha pop. 23

Actions

Project Actions
Maintain or create natural stream buffers Show/Hide details
Control invasive plants Show/Hide details
Control encroaching species Show/Hide details

Assistance

Direct Funding
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (Federal Government) Show/Hide details
Meyer Memorial Trust (Foundation) Show/Hide details
Bonneville Power Administration (Federal Government) Show/Hide details
Oregon Community Foundation (Foundation) Show/Hide details
In-Kind Contribution
Oregon Parks and Recreation Staff and Volunteers Show/Hide details

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   No/Unknown

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Organization

Luckiamute Watershed Council
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Kristen Larson
Luckiamute Watershed Council
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Partners

  • Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

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