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Volunteers can help improve wildlife habitat in eastern Jackson County

CENTRAL POINT, Ore – A volunteer work event to restore meadow habitat east of Butte Falls is set for Saturday, July 18. ODFW and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest (RRSNF) are hosting the Habitat Restoration at Blue Rock Meadows event.

ODFW and the RRSNF are providing water, snacks, work gloves, loppers, and hand saws, although volunteers may also bring their own tools. Volunteers are encouraged to bring mosquito repellant and should know restrooms are not available.

Volunteers will meet at Butte Falls Ranger Station at 8 a.m. July 18 and drive east approximately one hour to Blue Rock Meadows. Work ends at 12 p.m. Although not mandatory, volunteers are encouraged to register at https://tinyurl.com/ybse8fmu

The project goal is to improve 10 acres of meadow habitat by lopping and piling small diameter trees and seedlings to be burned later by RRSNF crews. Meadows provide an opening for highly palatable grass and forbs for deer, elk, and many other species. Without fire and other natural disturbance, meadows are slowly being encroached on by saplings and brush. This project will mimic natural disturbance by removing the encroaching vegetation and maintaining the forest opening.

Staff and volunteers are expected to be mindful of the Governor’s Executive Order and:

Stay home if you are sick.
Practice social distancing. Keep six feet between you and anyone who doesn’t live in your immediate household.
Be prepared. Bring your own soap, water, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, food, etc.
Wash your hands often.
Pack out what you pack in. Take any garbage with you, including disposable gloves and masks.