Camassia/Wilderness Park/West Linn H.S. Restoration Partnership

Project Description

The Nature Conservancy is working with the City of West Linn Parks Department, the West Linn School District, West Linn High School teachers and students, and community volunteers to implement forest restoration activities over the project area. The project area includes Camassia Natural Area, Wilderness Park and the West Linn High School Natural Area.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Clackamas County, OR
Project Size:
  • 126.55 acres

Project Sites

  • Camassia, Wilderness Park, West Linn High School

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Public Benefit
    The condition of the natural areas were improved, as well as new trails were created and existing trails were improved.
  • Conservation Mission
    The Nature Conservancy collaborated with the City of West Linn Parks Department, the West Linn School District, West Linn high school teachers and students, Solve, the Clackamas County Soil & Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) and volunteers to implement large-scale restoration actions across 3 contiguous natural areas.

Primary Goals:

  • Develop Memorandum of Understanding between collaborating organizations & develop management plan for entire site.
    Progress: MOU was signed by The Nature Conservancy, the City of West Linn, and the West Linn School District in 2011. A management was developed in 2013 covering the entire site.
  • Conduct large scale invasive species control on priority species.
    Progress: Metro NIN grant money and in-kind donations from collaborating organizations paid for large scale invasive species control across the entire project area. All invasive species infestations were significantly reduced.
  • Involve volunteers in restoration actions.
    Progress: Over 6,500 volunteer hours from 355 individuals went into this project. These volunteers include high school students, college students, youth crews, Camassia stewards and numerous other individuals from the community. Volunteers worked on invasive species, planting native trees and shrubs and trail construction and maintenance.

Consistent With Plans:

  • Other
    The Intertwine Regional Conservation Strategy

Targeted Habitats:

  • Forests and Woodlands
    • Conifer Forests
      • Douglas-fir - Western Hemlock Forest
    • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
      • Big Leaf Maple, Black Oak, or White Oak with Conifer Forest
  • Shrublands and Grasslands
    • Grasslands
      • Coastal and Valley Grassland
  • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
    • Lowland Riparian Forests and Shrublands
      • Coastal and Valley Lowland Riparian Forest and Shrubland

Targeted Species:

  • English Holly Ilex aquifolium
  • English Ivy Hedera helix
  • Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata
  • Himalayan Blackberry Rubus armeniacus
  • Scotch Broom Cytisus scoparius

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Plant native riparian, wetland or aquatic vegetation Ongoing Management 2012 2013
450 native species planted by high school students along creek
Plant native trees and/or shrubs, herbs, forbs, grasses Completed 2012 2012
Over 50 pounds of seed was broadcast across approximately 4 acres.
Control invasive plants Ongoing Management 2011 2013
Treated invasive plants including, English ivy, English holly, garlic mustard, Scotch broom, blackberry and shiny geranium
Plant native trees and/or shrubs, herbs, forbs, grasses Completed 2012 2013
Planted 260 native trees and shrubs
Education Completed 2011 2013
Two teachers leading 3 environmental classes each term for 2 years. Students were involved in restoration planning and implementation


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? Yes

Monitoring Activities
Follow-up monitoring of invasive species infestations will be conducted by The Nature Conservancy. Follow-up monitoring of plantsing will be conducted by high school teachers and students.

Lessons Learned and/or Suggestions for Similar Activities
To involve volunteers in restoration work, it can involve a significant time investment. However, it is worth the effort to connect people to nature. Depending on the level of volunteer involvment, a significant amount of work can be accomplished. It is very helpful to have committed volunteers who stay with a project for multiple years and who can help in motivating other volunteers and help with volunteer management. High school students can accomplish meaningful restoration work. However, dedicated teachers must lead students in this work.

Quick Facts

Owning Organization


Managing Organization

The Nature Conservancy
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

Joe Buttafuoco

General Information

Project #: 197690
Last Updated: June 10, 2013

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