Planting Starts Next Week on Willamette Slough

Posted on March 18, 2023

City of Salem – 03/17/23 4:00 PM

Salem, Ore. — The City of Salem has entered the fourth and final phase of its restoration project in the Willamette Slough. This year’s effort starts with replanting.

Next week our contractor, Integrated Resource Management (IRM), will be on site planting 12,850 native bareroot plants along the banks of the slough to help combat future re-infestation by Ludwigia and other invasive plants. Work will begin on Monday, March 20, and continue through Wednesday, March 22, or until all plants are installed. The work includes site preparation, planting, and installation of beaver fencing in select planting areas.

Over the past three years, the City of Salem and Willamette Riverkeeper have treated the aggressive, invasive Ludwigia, which had gained a stranglehold on the Willamette Slough at Minto Brown Island Park. Later this year, the slough is scheduled for two final rounds of herbicide treatment for re-emerging Ludwigia. These treatments will likely occur in early July and mid-August. IRM, an experienced, state-licensed habitat restoration company, has been hired to complete the work in accordance with established safety measures.

Prior to each summer treatment, City staff posts signs about the project at nearby locations in Minto-Brown, Wallace Marine and Riverfront parks. Staff will have communication cards available to the public. Further notification will be made through our website, media and social media posts, as well as direct notification to related businesses.

Learn more about Restoring the Willamette River.

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