Join the Forest Service, Applegate Neighborhood Network (ANN), and Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates (SOMA) for a work party to protect an unusual piece of public land along the Applegate River.
Why — Public access to the Applegate River is limited. The Forest Service only owns a few pieces of land along the river, including this parcel. The work party will take place at a site where currently the old fence has fallen down and vehicles can drive all over what was once riverside meadow habitat. The site has seen years of damage to the native plant community because of unhindered vehicle access right up to the river.
What — We will rebuild the old fence and place large boulders to establish a parking area for cars, while still allowing foot traffic to access to the river. This will provide much-needed protection for a population of heartleaf milkweed (Asclepias cordifolia) that provides crucial monarch butterfly habitat along the river corridor. It will also aid in the recovery of native vegetation along the river for the benefit of birds, pollinators and native plant conservation.
Where — Meet at Star Ranger Station at 9am to carpool to the site in the Upper Applegate.