How you can help fish habitat

Floodplain restoration near Albany is just one of many projects funded by Habitat Support.

When your business signs up for a PGE renewable power option, you can add Habitat Support for just $2.50 a month. How does that money help the environment? It goes directly to The Nature Conservancy and is dedicated to restoration of local fish habitat. A recent project near Albany is a great example of Habitat Support dollars in action.

Bowers Rock restoration

In January 2016, the Calapooia Watershed Council completed the first stage of restoration on 20 acres of habitat at Bowers Rock State Park outside of Albany.

The Upper Willamette River was lacking quality backchannel habitat — floodplains, sloughs and alcoves. These quiet refuges are vitally important for winter steelhead and spring Chinook. The fish use in them in all stages of life to rest and feed, and as nurseries for young fish.

Invasives out, natives in

To improve the habitat, crews first removed non-native species, especially highly invasive reed canary grass and blackberry, then planted 42,000 native bare-root shrubs and trees, and 140 pounds of native grass seed.

Money from Habitat Support funded both an important public outreach and stakeholder input process and the first stage of the resulting restoration plan.

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If you’d like to show your support for projects like the one in Albany, register now for Habitat Support. Sign up by Aug. 31, and you'll be entered for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate to Evergreen Escapes. Learn more about the Habitat Support sweepstakes.

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