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Earth Tree News 11/19/06

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The limbs – from downed Douglas-fir trees – are not a reflection of recent storm damage, but rather a restoration effort to preserve the habitat of Oregon White Oak trees at Camassia Natural Area in West Linn. The 27-acre preserve is located within the Sunset Neighborhood, tucked between Wilderness Park, West Linn High School and Sunset Park and firehouse. Volunteer crews from AmeriCorps as well as youth teams and region high schools have worked for almost a month to cut down Douglas-fir trees and remove branches and debris. The project will continue for the next year. “Our goal is to recreate this area as it would have been 150 years ago – before settlers came here. Part of that (process) is saving these oaks, and making sure that they are able to have a habitat,” said Jason Dumont, Portland-area preserves steward with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), heading-up the restoration project. Camassia is home to more than 300 plant species, including several rare species.


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