Oregon Approves Lamprey Creek!

At its Saturday, June 27th meeting in Newport, Oregon, the Oregon Geographic Names Board unanimously approved the name “Lamprey Creek” for the unnamed Oak Creek tributary that originates in the Skyline West Neighborhood.  Board members were very complimentary about the … Read more »

Where is Lamprey Creek?

Representatives of OSU, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Water Action Team, Marys River Watershed Council and local non-profit Freshwaters Illustrated have teamed together to name an unnamed tributary to Oak Creek. The creek, just over 3 miles long,flows through Martin Luther King, … Read more »

Jeremy Monroe, Freshwaters Illustrated

Pacific Lamprey Decline Steeply

Ancient, eel-like fish plays crucial role in river ecology “Lampreys are delightfully bizarre fish — and vastly underappreciated for the role they play…in ecosystems.” Center for Biological Diversity Pacific lampreys are ancient animals, emissaries from the Paleozoic era. For 500 … Read more »

McKenzie River Oregon Chub

Back From the Brink

The tiny Oregon chub makes a big comeback There’s a species of minnow that teetered on the brink of extinction. Hardly anyone noticed — except a handful of fisheries biologists determined to save the fish, known as the Oregon chub. … Read more »

Planting Seeds: Staff Profile

Kathleen Westly grows trees and kids It’s a late-winter Saturday at Fern Road Farm in Philomath. Squalls are spitting rain, leapfrogging across the landscape with tepid snatches of sun. Along the Marys River, a crew of volunteers is hard at … Read more »

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Where Butterflies Thrive

Planting Wildflowers and Freeing Oak Bringing Back Prairie Habitat “There’s one!” calls a tall guy in an olive-drab raincoat. Slowly, gingerly, several members of the group step through the wet wildflowers toward the place where he’s pointing. There sits a tiny butterfly, … Read more »

Corvallis Mill Race: Past, Present, Future

1. Old Wetland Rivulet Dug Out for Flour Power Chinese Laborers Dig Channel and Build Dam If you drive along Hwy 99 through Corvallis’s “South Town,” you might have a hard time imagining how the landscape looked when European settlers … Read more »

Restoring a Creek, Living a Legacy

  A family carries on a tradition of stewardship Family history drips from the pores of the old farmhouse above Rock Creek. You can see it in the wallpapered dining room, where the polished faces of ancestors look out from … Read more »