Restoring Native Vegetation to Coastal Watersheds
Thursday July 7th @ 6:30pm
Central Lincoln Peoples Utility District
2129 N Coast Hwy, Newport, OR 97365
The public is invited to a talk by David Harris at the MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting on Thursday July 7th, 2016 at 6:30 pm in Newport, to learn about vegetation restoration in our region and the innovative partnership that helps provide native stock. The meeting will be held in the public meeting room at the Central Lincoln PUD building, located at 2129 N Coast Hwy in Newport, across from the Safeway complex. Refreshments will be served.
David Harris is the Habitat Restoration Project Manager with the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership. He currently oversees the Northwest Oregon Restoration Partnership (NORP). He received a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2004. Following the completion of his formal education David worked for ten years implementing restoration in a variety of habitat types on the Central Coast of California near Santa Barbara. David’s family, originally from Oregon, lured him back to the state and the North Coast. He works closely with the tight-knit restoration community to improve the natural environment we all enjoy. In his free time, David is an avid outdoor enthusiast whose hobbies include fishing, hiking, botany, birding, and mushrooming.
With roots dating back to 2001 with the Tillamook Native Plant Cooperative, the NORP has blossomed to include 35 partners. The primary objective of this group is to promote healthy forest and riparian ecosystem conditions. It does this by collecting and growing native plant seeds and cuttings to develop genetically adapted, large planting stock that is able to withstand vegetative competition and thrive after planting. It then makes this stock available to implement restoration activities on lands across the North and Mid Coast.
In his talk David will provide background on the objectives and successes of the partnership. He will also lead a discussion with audience members on a range of restoration topics including disease and forest health issues, importance of using regional stock in restoration, climate change and stress on plants, what plants tend to succeed and which tend to fail, and best strategies for dealing with restoring areas with invasive plant species. We hope you can join us on July 7th.