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Oregon Floodplain Project Will Benefit Fish and Waterfowl

Last October, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's (ODFW) Willamette Valley Wildlife Mitigation Program approved Ducks Unlimited's proposal to protect and restore a 90-acre parcel of floodplain habitat along the Yamhill River near Amity, Oregon.

Partners celebrate conservation on Sauvie Island

During the past decade, DU and partners have completed more than a dozen projects—totaling approximately 2,000 acres of habitat—on Sauvie Island Wildlife Area in Portland, Oregon.

Historical Klamath River Wetland Restored

The Tule Smoke Hunt Club, known locally as the "Rat Club," is located along the Klamath River nine miles south of Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Oregon: Summer Lake Basin Restoration Project

The Summer Lake Basin attracts more than half of the continental population of Tule greater white-fronted geese and 40 percent of the Wrangle Island snow goose population.

DU Leadership Giving: Tim and Mary Boyle

Ducks Unlimited Legacy Sponsors Tim and Mary Boyle of Portland, Oregon, gave $100,000 to benefit waterfowl habitat in Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

Western Oregon Wetland Habitats

The Columbia River Estuary encompasses more than 40,000 hectares of land. Although there are no dams on the Columbia River below Bonneville, the system has been dramatically altered by the dredging, ditching and construction of flood control levees. In addition, an extensive dam system on the lower tributaries to the Columbia River has dramatically altered natural hydrology, affecting the natural processes that form and maintain wetland habitats.

Eastern Oregon Wetland Habitats

Few places in the western United States can boast the high numbers of waterfowl or vast wetland acreage found in southern and eastern Oregon. A casual look at this region leaves a visitor with the impression that it is dominated by high desert, typical of much of the Great Basin.

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area - West Marsh Restoration Project

DU and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will design and implement a project to restore and enhance approximately 330 acres of wetlands on the West Marsh Unit of Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. The project is located on the west side of Interstate 84 approximately three miles southeast of LaGrande, Oregon.

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area - Hot Lake Acquisition and Restoration

Ducks Unlimited provided $100,000 to The Nature Conservancy to acquire this 136 acre property on the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area near LaGrande, Oregon. DU funding came from a grant awarded under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area - Tule Lake Restoration, Phase II

Ducks Unlimited, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and other partners worked together to complete the Tule Lake Phase II project on the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area near LaGrande, Oregon. This project has resulted in the restoration of approximately 480 acres of prime waterfowl habitat and a substantial increase in public recreational opportunties on the Wildlife Area. A portion of the property is actually owned by the City of La Grande, but managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area - Tule Lake Restoration, Phase I

Ducks Unlimited and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife completed the Tule Lake Phase I restoration project in 2003. This project included the acquisition of over 600 acres that were added to the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area near LaGrande, Oregon. The project also included the restoration and enhancement of over 500 acres of wetland habitat and a three mile reach of Ladd Creek. Ducks Unlimited engineers designed and constructed two large fish ladders on the restored section of Ladd Creek.

Sackos Wetlands Restoration Project

Ducks Unlimited has completed the restoration of 25 acres of wetland habitat and one mile of the Powder River on this site located about 10 miles north of Baker City, Oregon. The project included the construction of levees, installation of water control structures and restoration of three old meanders of the Powder River.

Cowan-Sinko Restoration and Monitoring

Ducks Unlimited will monitor fish use in the Cowan and Sinko projects on the Oregon Coast. The two projects are located in the Coos and Coquille River valleys near Coos Bay, Oregon. Ducks Unlimited completed two wetland restoration projects on these sites in 2003 and 2004.

Deer Island Restoration Project

The wetlands and adjacent agricultural lands in the Deer Island area provide significant habitat for waterfowl in the Lower Columbia River. Deer Island itself exceeds 3,000 acres in size, and although diked, provides a diverse mosaic of habitats that waterfowl use during the breeding, migration, and wintering periods.

Malheur NWR West Side Canal Project

Ducks Unlimited is assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in replacing a fish ladder and fish screen on the West Side Canal at Page Springs Dam. The project is located at the south end of the Blitzen Valley on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Trainor Wetland Restoration Project

Ducks Unlimited is working with several partners to enhance over 2,000 acres of wetlands and wetland associated uplands near the mouth of the Silvies River in Harney County, Oregon. The project is located about one mile north of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

McFarland Ranch and Refuge Project

The McFarland Ranch and Refuge encompasses 3000 acres of prime waterfowl habitat along the northwest shore of Goose Lake in Lake County, Oregon. The property also contains roughly 3 miles of Drew's Creek, and 3 miles of Drew's Slough, plus hundreds of acres of wet meadow habitats.

West Multnomah Channel Wetlands Project

Conservation partners, including Metro, a regional government serving the Portland area, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, North American Wetland Conservation Council, and Ducks Unlimited recently restored a 264-acre wetland complex along the Multnomah Channel. Restoration included installing two water control structures in each of two drains.

Smith and Bybe Lakes Project

Ducks Unlimited and partners recently completed the restoration of 1,600 acres of wetlands on Smith & Bybee Lakes, located in Portland at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. This wetland complex is owned and managed by Metro Parks and Greenspaces, and is proclaimed to be the largest protected urban wetland in the United States.

Oregon Conservation Projects

Ducks Unlimited habitat conservation projects in Oregon. These projects benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people. View sample projects, project map and more.

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