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Clackamas River Basin Council will facilitate donations, planting of trees in the aftermath of wildfires

COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS RIVER BASIN COUNCIL - The impacts of the Riverside Fire can be seen in a variety of locations along the Clackamas River.

Leaders at the Clackamas River Basin Council are working to restore the forest after September's wildfires.

During a Zoom meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, CRBC will kick off its Replant the Riverside: 10 Trees for the Clackamas campaign. Through Thursday, Dec. 17, the group will ask for $10 donations to purchase trees to restore riparian forests in the aftermath of the wildfires. Each $10 donation covers the cost of a sapling and five years of follow-up maintenance.

Next spring, the Clackamas River Basin Council will host a work party to plant the trees.

Since 2007, the council has restored 50 miles of riparian forests, which work to shade streams, keep water temperatures ideal for salmon, provide habitat for wildlife and filter groundwater. In the aftermath of the wildfires. This work also will help control erosion.

COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS RIVER BASIN COUNCIL - Trees were left charred in the aftermath of the Riverside Fire.

"CRBC has demonstrated success in restoring riparian forests. We believe we can continue our role in bringing the community for this effort, providing our community an important, healing opportunity to take personal, concrete action to reverse the damage from the wildfires, which made us all feel so traumatized and helpless," a news release stated.

For more information, visit clackamasriver.org. The council also has created a video for the project.


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