Restoration work using our $98,500 Metro Nature in Neighborhood (NIN) grant will begin in the next month in Marquam Nature Park. The target area in Marquam is in the North Marquam Ravine in what is dubbed the “Sherwood to Shelter” effort. Big changes will be seen in this area in 2016 and 2017 as a result of this generous grant, and FMNP will play a sizable role in carrying them out.
A healthy ecological system thrives with a diversity of plants and animals. Invasive plants and trees -English ivy, English holly, laurel and others- outcompete native plants and create a monoculture, thereby reducing diversity. Ongoing management is critical if we are to keep the spread of invasive plants in check.
There are two techniques available to restore habitat through invasive species removal: manual removal and spray treatment. Both these tools will be used to support this restoration effort.
- Manual Removal: Hand removal techniques will be utilized in areas with adequate volunteer access and along trails.
- Selective Spray Treatment: Starting in late summer invasive species in the most challenging terrain within the parks will be treated. Treatments are timed to ensure greater effectiveness and avoid impacts to ground nesting birds. All work will be guided by PP&R’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy—a nationally recognized program utilizing best practices for invasive plant management.
For more details about this project see the West Willamette Partnership website HERE.
If you would like to become involved as a volunteer in this effort, or as a neighbor to the park would like to begin restoration of your own property, please contact FMNP.