Submission Title

Cozine Creek Restoration Project

Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Subject Area

Environmental Studies: Policy Focus

Description

Our Environmental Studies senior capstone class (ENVS 470) wrote and submitted an application for a $15,000 grant from the Oregon Watershed and Enhancement Board (OWEB) to restore a section of the college’s property along Cozine Creek. We worked in partnership with the Greater Yamhill Watershed Council (GYWC) and Upshot LLC, a local contractor, to develop a restoration plan. The initial step will be to control invasive species, mainly Himalayan blackberry and English ivy. We then will plant native species such as Oregon grape, salmonberry, and Indian plum. The site will have five treatment options including combinations of manual and chemical removal. Future ENVS classes will monitor the effectiveness of the treatment options, the growth and survival of native plants, and the effectiveness of deer exclusion devices. The ENVS department, GYWC, and community members will maintain the area through ongoing volunteer work parties. The grant will also fund a Cozine Creek Stewardship student internship position to help coordinate future efforts. The goal of this project is to restore the water quality and ecological integrity of the area, encourage proper usage of the property, and renew our connection to Cozine Creek, both for Linfield College and the surrounding community.

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Cozine Creek Restoration Project

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Our Environmental Studies senior capstone class (ENVS 470) wrote and submitted an application for a $15,000 grant from the Oregon Watershed and Enhancement Board (OWEB) to restore a section of the college’s property along Cozine Creek. We worked in partnership with the Greater Yamhill Watershed Council (GYWC) and Upshot LLC, a local contractor, to develop a restoration plan. The initial step will be to control invasive species, mainly Himalayan blackberry and English ivy. We then will plant native species such as Oregon grape, salmonberry, and Indian plum. The site will have five treatment options including combinations of manual and chemical removal. Future ENVS classes will monitor the effectiveness of the treatment options, the growth and survival of native plants, and the effectiveness of deer exclusion devices. The ENVS department, GYWC, and community members will maintain the area through ongoing volunteer work parties. The grant will also fund a Cozine Creek Stewardship student internship position to help coordinate future efforts. The goal of this project is to restore the water quality and ecological integrity of the area, encourage proper usage of the property, and renew our connection to Cozine Creek, both for Linfield College and the surrounding community.