Value 1: Natural
As Oregonians, we value natural, rugged places that are significant to the identity of Oregonian’s and our state.
Benefit 1.1. The canyons’ natural systems will be protected through innovative, sustainable and appropriate measures.
Benefit 1.2. Lands, waters and the fertile boundary where they meet will be restored to prime health.
Benefit 1.3. Environmental protection and restoration areas will be delineated to preserve the wild canyon.
Benefit 1.4. Wild places and wildlife will be protected wherever needed.
Control weeds in flatlands/bottomlands
Incrementally restore to big sagebrush steppe and basin wildrye prairie flats.
Restore riparian forest along the river – primarily with cottonwoods and white alder, but also with willows and other riparian shrubs along water’s edge. Some areas of the bottomland might support a wider band of forest vegetation than others. Some areas might even allow for a patch of woodland habitat rather than just a riparian strip.
Plant hackberry and juniper trees at random but sparse intervals where needed along the trail alignments in lowlands for shade/shelter rest-stops
Reintroduce threatened and endangered species for which suitable habitat exists
Restore wetlands that may have been filled or drained for pasture
Restore early seral and riparian marsh plant communities on gravel bars, gently sloping banks, backwaters, and islands as aquatic restoration projects progress and these habitats are created.
Work with fellow agencies and other partners to restore riparian forest along the river – primarily with cottonwoods and white alder, but also with willows and other riparian shrubs along water’s edge.
Develop a baseline for future assessment and monitoring
Develop conservation zones within the park that protect T&E species and important habitats
Audubon Christmas Bird Count: Audubon Bird Count circles are fifteen miles in diameter. A new count will be started that would cover the area. The Count provides a way to gain information on birds in the park that can be used in both interpretation and management of the park. With OPRD staff participating, they will be helping to document the birds in the park while honing their bird identification skills. Volunteers that come out to the park to census birds have the potential to become long term volunteers.