Help improve habitats at Spring Park and Elk Rock Island, along the Willamette River. Volunteers will be removing weeds, planting native plants, and sinking Christmas trees for fish habitat. SIGN UP HERE.
Where: Spring Park, S.E. Sparrow St. at S.E. 19th Ave., Milwaukie
When: Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dress for the weather, wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes, and bring a water bottle. Project instruction, tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. This event is family friendly.
Project partners: City of Milwaukie, North Clackamas Watersheds Council, Friends of Elk Rock Island
Questions? Contact Lauren Cary at firstname.lastname@example.org and 971-313-2031.
How do trees improve habitat?
Juvenile fish are at risk of being eaten by larger fish and need places to hide. When Christmas trees are sunken into water bodies at strategic locations, they increase the complexity of the aquatic habitat and provide hiding places. As a result, young fish survive and are able to grow to a size that makes them less likely to be eaten by larger fish. The more juvenile fish that survive, the more adult fish are able to spawn and increase fish populations.