Coyote Prairie

Project Description

In 2015, the City of Eugene Natural Areas Program completed the last of four phases of wetland restoration on a 226 acre former agricultural site. This is part of the City's wetland mitigation bank program.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Lane County, OR
Project Size:
  • 240.12 acres

Project Sites

  • Coyote Prairie

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Conservation Mission
    The City of Eugene Natural Areas and Urban Forestry program has as part of its mission to 1) advance and steward interconnected systems of natural areas, trees, trails, and clean waters and 2) protect and restore exological functions and native biological diversity.
  • Mitigation
    This site is part of the City of Eugene's Wetland Mitigation Bank program.

Primary Goals:

  • Provide 165 acres of compensatory wetland mitigation credits to approved applicants within its servive area to offset impacts to wetland resources.
    Progress: Groundwork complete. Seeding and planting underway.
  • Enhance site hydrology and historic surface water flow to support the establishment of wet prairie, vernal pool, and emergent communities.
    Progress: Groundwork complete.
  • Enhance vegetation to provide highly diverse wetland communities resistant to invasion and resilient to disturbance.
    Progress: Seeding and planting underway.
  • Establish a diverse prairie plant community to provide food, shelter, and breeding areas for native prairie invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds.
    Progress: Groundwork complete including construction of experimental lark pads. Planting and seeding underway.

Consistent With Plans:

  • State Wildlife Action Plan
    Wetlands are identified as a priority habitat in the Oregon Conservation Strategy.

Targeted Habitats:

  • Shrublands and Grasslands
    • Grasslands
  • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
    • Marshes, Bogs and Emergent Wetlands

Targeted Species:

  • Bradshaw's Lomatium Lomatium bradshawii
  • Streaked Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris strigata
  • Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Restore or re-establish wetland hydrology Completed 2015 2015
Plant native riparian, wetland or aquatic vegetation In Progress 2015 2015
Control erosion Completed 2015 2015
Filled in incised agricultural ditch to keep sediment and water on site.
Reintroduce native species ---- 2015 2015
Vegetation monitoring Ongoing Management 2015 2015


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

Monitoring Activities
We will set up photo points and a grid system of survey points for wetland vegetation and hydrologic monitoring.


The City of Eugene has written a mitigation bank instrument and drafted a long term management plan. Both will be approved by an interagency review team that reviews all wetland mitigation bank programs.

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Pacific Coast Joint Venture

Managing Organization

City of Eugene Parks and Open Space
(Local Government)

Contact Information

Shelly Miller
City of Eugene Parks and Open Space

General Information

Project #: 257106
Last Updated: October 21, 2015

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