Molalla River area cleanup planned
Use along the Molalla River Corridor has increased as the worries of the pandemic have eased, but with that use come issues.
And it is those issues that Molalla River Watch will be helping to alleviate during its annual cleanup project on Sept. 17.
The Molalla River Cleanup & Enhancement, put on jointly by Molalla River Watch and SOLVE, will begin at 9 a.m. at Feyrer Park in Molalla. From there, volunteers will disperse to various projects along the corridor, including trail clearing, garbage pickup and other projects.
"This is our 29th annual fall Molalla River Cleanup & Enhancement event, and it's a great chance to help keep the Molalla River beautiful while spending a morning outside and doing good work by picking up trash before it reaches our river," said Executive Director Asako Yamamuro, noting that volunteers are always needed. "Volunteers will have an option to help clear trails in Aquila Vista, an education site where we've taught Molalla High School students about local wildlife, plants, freshwater habitats and forests."
Volunteers should bring gloves, water and snacks, as well as wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. From there, crews will move to their assigned areas. At the end of the cleanup, about 1 p.m., volunteers will return to Feyrer Park for a volunteer appreciation barbecue.
"With support from the community and partners, Molalla River Watch is able to continue doing good work and making positive impacts in our watershed," Yamamuro said. "Since our last river cleanup in the spring, we may see trash left over from the summer. We look forward to having individuals, families and groups help us out."
Register for the event through SOLVE. https:// www.solveoregon.org/ opportunity/ a0C8W00000VA7M5UAL.
The spring cleanup event saw 55 volunteers collect 300 pounds of trash and 50 pounds of glass for recycling from the Molalla River. Several volunteers helped enhance Molalla Recreation Corridor trails by cutting up four logs, raked one mile, placed a new trail sign and repaired damaged tread.
Restoring floodplain forest
With funding from the Willamette Water Supply Program, and in partnership with Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, Molalla River Watch continues to restore the confluence area where the Molalla River flows into the Willamette at Molalla River State Park in Canby.
Last winter, 60,000 native plants were planted across 32 acres of floodplain forest, which previously had been overgrown with invasive knotweed.
This past spring, planting proved to be particularly challenging for the project's contractor, Ash Creek Forest Management, due to all of the rain. Many of the planned planting areas were flooded sporadically until June. Planting was planned around floodplain water levels.
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