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November 13 • 9:00 am - 11:00 am• Free
Willow Creek’s native grasslands, ash woodlands and perennial streams provide the best remaining example of native wet prairie habitats in the southern Willamette Valley. Prescribed fire was reintroduced to Willow Creek in 1986, with assistance from the Oregon Department of Forestry. Periodic burning benefits native prairie plants adapted to periodic fire, such as Bradshaw’s lomatium, which has increased by 50 percent in burned areas. Bitty Roy has been studying the mushrooms in the West Eugene Wetlands and their response to fire for two years. She will be leading us through a recently burned area of the wetlands in search of mushrooms to to collect for her study and will share some of her more interesting findings.
Wetland Wanders are casual walks through the West Eugene Wetlands. Walks are free and open to the public. Bring water, binoculars, close-toed shoes and appropriate layers.