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Bear Creek River Mile 19.0

Restoring natural stream processes in Bear Creek by improving fire-damaged floodplain and side channel connectivity.

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Restoration Objectives

10

Acres of riparian rehabilitation

34

Strategic large wood placement locations

0.22

Miles of secondary channel enhancement 

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Project Timeline

RRWC restoration biologists and project partners take substantial time and effort to ensure that our restoration projects have the best possible opportunity to succeed. This process takes years and involves multiple stages including planning, outreach, construction, and monitoring. 

Project timelines are tailored to project objectives, funding availability, and restoration needs. Check out the timeline for Bear Creek RM 19.0 to the right!

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Community
Benefits

Ecosystem
Benefits

Protect Infrastructure

This project will help prevent erosion, stabilize the streambank, and protect infrastructure through riparian rehabilitation and large wood placement, which will help protect the infrastructure of Lynn Newbry Park and the Bear Creek Greenway, a main transportation corridor and recreation resource. 

Safeguard Drinking Water

More from the Bear Creek Watershed

Bear Creek and the Greenway that runs
along it, connect the communities of Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, and Medford, before joining the Rogue River near Central Point. Downstream communities, like Rogue River and Grants Pass, provide drinking water straight from the Rogue River to more than 10,000 Rogue Basin community members. This restoration project will help improve the quality of water.

Restore Habitat

Bear Creek's Streamside areas are dominated by non-native Himalayan/Armenian blackberry thickets that outcompete native vegetation and played a large part in fueling the 2020 Almeda Fire. Through careful removal of noxious weeds and supplementary plantings, this project will help improve the condition of the native floodplain forest plant community. A healthy floodplain forest along Bear Creek would provide food and habitat for wildlife, shade for the stream, and decreased wildfire fuels.

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