RRWC is awarded $221,225 grant from OWEB

Rogue River Watershed Council is awarded $221,225 to improve streamside habitat near Lake Creek. Restoration includes reconnecting a historic side channel, removing invasive weeds, and encouraging native plant establishment. The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) awarded $221,225 to Rogue River Watershed Council for the South Fork Little Butte Creek River Mile (RM) 4.5, RM 5.5, … Read more »

Welcome, Marie Trammell, New RRWC Partnerships Coordinator!

We are excited to welcome Marie Trammell, our new Partnerships Coordinator! Marie grew up in a rural town outside Reno, Nevada.  After earning a Bachelor and Master’s of Science in Geography from the University of Nevada, Reno, she (along with her husband and son) moved to a small town in New South Wales, Australia for her … Read more »

High Flows benefit fish, wildlife and streams

During the end of 2022, we received two significant precipitation events, which resulted in the reconnected secondary (side) channel receiving flow. One of the possibilities within a flowing winter/ spring side channel is the use by adult fish like Coho Salmon and summer and winter steelhead as spawning grounds. The lower water velocities and large … Read more »

RRWC in the News, and New BCRI Website

RRWC is an active member of the Bear Creek Restoration Initiative (BCRI), a network of organizations partnering to improve conditions in and along Bear Creek.  In late August a four-acre fire burned along the Bear Creek Greenway near Dean Creek Road. Prior invasive plant species removal by BCRI partner agencies aided in fuels reduction in … Read more »

Partnerships at Work

Work along Bear Creek Greenway

We are working with Jackson County, Rogue Valley Council of Governments, Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation District, and other organizations to get ahead of the regrowth of blackberry and poison hemlock along the Bear Creek Greenway. Regrowth is coming up quickly and we are working to decrease new fuels in this sensitive area. Find … Read more »

Bear Creek Greenway Restoration

New Growth in Bearcreek Greenway

Project manager, John Speece, joined area representatives on the Jefferson Exchange radio program to talk about plans for restoration along the Bear Creek Greenway in the wake of the 2020 Almeda Fire. The program was recorded on April 9, 2021. Listen to the recorded program here

Notes from the Executive Director’s Desk

From October 1, 2019 through the end of April, rainfall in Medford was about nine inches, nearly 6.5 inches below normal. Sitting at around 60% of average, it seems that we are headed for a summer with all the familiar consequences of dry winters: relatively empty reservoirs, low stream flows, and dry forests. This is … Read more »

South Fork Little Butte Creek Project

South Fork Little Butte Creek project

Little Butte Creek is one of five creeks included in the Upper Rogue Coho Salmon Strategic Action Plan, with many proposed restoration actions proposed for its south fork. Last November, we – in partnership with Jackson Soil & Water Conservation District – hosted an open house at the Lake Creek Grange to let local landowners … Read more »

Dwarf Mistletoe

Dwarf mistletoe

The next time you’re standing under the mistletoe, remember that it’s a parasite! Dwarf mistletoes, which need hosts in order to reproduce, are the most destructive pathogens in our Northwest coniferous forests. Read more »