Monthly Meetings and Programs

On the first Tuesday of the month from September through June, please join us for some social time and a fun, educational, or informative program. Anyone interested is very welcome!

March 2 –  Steigerwald Habitat Restoration Project

Curtis Helm

Curtis will summarize the work performed this past construction season as well as what is planned for 2021. 

In 2020, major project elements that were completed included realigning Gibbons Creek and constructing the floodwall and berm north of SR 14, raising the SR 14 roadway, constructing the foundations of the east and west setback levees, and excavating expanded habitat areas. Disturbed areas were hydro-mulched with native seed and wood habitat structures were installed within the realigned portions of Gibbons Creek and the expanded habitat areas.

This is what will be completed in 2021:

· Removal of 2.2 miles of the Columbia River Levee, 

· Completion of the east and west setback levees,

· Excavation of three floodplain channels,

· Removal of Gibbons Creek diversion structures, elevated channel, and fish ladder along with reconnecting Gibbons creek through the site and out to the Columbia,

· Excavation of additional areas of expanded wetland habitat,

· Construction of upland habitat refugia, parking lot and architectural elements relocation,

· Trail and pedestrian bridge construction,

· Seeding, planting, and installing wood habitat structures within the three new channels and realigned Gibbons Creek.

Curtis Helm is Principal Restoration Ecologist for Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership.  He was hired about 1.5 years ago, principally to work on the Steigerwald Floodplain Restoration Project.  Previously, he worked for 8 years in the Urban Forestry and Ecosystem Management Division for the City of Philadelphia.  He has also worked for 15 years at an environmental consulting firm in New Jersey, Amy S. Greene Env. Consultants, Inc.  His focus was primarily on wetlands related issues, design/construction/planting as well as regulatory permitting and compliance. 

Members will receive an invitation to register in their email. Anyone interested can contact the program chair for an invitation–you don’t need to be a member. Didn’t receive your Zoom invitation? Contact Don Rose for more information.

Social half-hour begins at 6:30pm, meeting and program will start at 7:00 pm. We hope you will join us!

April 6 – Bird Nest Structures

Darlene Betat

Darlene Betat, Outreach Coordinator for Backyard Bird Shop, Inc. will talk about different types of bird nest structures and strategies used by our local songbirds and tips for helping nesting birds in your own backyard.  Darlene has been a bird enthusiast for 45+ years, of which more than 30 years has been in Pacific Northwest.

Contact Don Rose for more information

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