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In 2019, following the Penninger fire in Central Point, restoration practitioners came together to form the Bear Creek Restoration Initiative (BCRI). BCRI members had collectively been working on restoration for decades, but realized that strategies were changing and an adaptive restoration approach that included fire resiliency, recreation, public safety, a changing climate, managing invasive species,... Continue reading
As we begin a new year, many of us are energized to learn more and try something new. Does being a Stream Smart volunteer or participating in one of our many programs sound like something for you? If it does, please check out our event calendar or contact us for more information.
From mid-September to early November, over 1,700 students from schools within the Rogue Valley participated in the Rogue Basin Salmon Watch program. Fall of 2023 was the most successful season of the Rogue Basin program since its return in the spring of 2014. This success is due in large part to the contributions and support... Continue reading
The salmon have returned to Bear Creek! It’s that time of year again where the Salmon return from the ocean to begin their more than 100 mile journey to spawn in the streams and rivers where they were born. Spring chinook salmon that have survived the summer move into shallower waters where they can build... Continue reading
Within the Rogue Valley, the environmental community is quite close-knit and often eager to partner on projects. A recent example of this collaboration is shown through the success of the Baker Park Floodplain Clean-Up event that occurred on Saturday, August 5th, 2023 from 8:30 AM to 10:45 AM (originally scheduled until 12:30 PM). Each partner... Continue reading
In early 2023, Stream Smart: A Rogue Basin Clean Water Project partnered with Crater Renaissance Academy to provide an internship for a student to help create a formal plan for the Stream Smart Adopt-A-Greenway section located from Pine Street to Upton Road by the Expo Center in Central Point, Oregon. The goal of the plan... Continue reading
Have you heard an interview on the local news about bacteria in Bear Creek or noticed Bear Creek or its tributary streams (e.g., Griffin Creek) listed in the paper that have been found to have high bacteria levels? If you have, the news is likely part of the public outreach program conducted as part of... Continue reading
Trickle, trickle. Splash, splash! Cold, clear water is vital to the survival of native salmonids and other aquatic species in our local streams and the Rogue River. Local restoration practitioners incorporate multiple strategies to improve water quality and stream temperature including restoring stream banks with native trees and shrubs in this area called the riparian... Continue reading
Thanks to funding provided by the Carpenter Foundation and the Mace Watchable Wildlife Foundation and the help of many partners and the community, we were able to complete the Bear Creek Greenway Guide Application (App) using the ESRI Storymaps Platform. The app is available for free and is accessible online through the following link (https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/cab81468aaa04bfeab6ad06315e14a59).... Continue reading
Have you recently seen foam in Bear Creek and other tributaries? If it looks like the foam in the first two photos, never fear! As plants decompose, they release oils that float to the surface of the water. As the water moves downstream over rocks and other obstacles, air is introduced to the water and... Continue reading