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ORPA Board of Directors Meeting

Native Plant Materials and Restoration Planting
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When: Thursday, October 25, 2018
8:30 AM
Where: Tunison Community Room
365 SW Tunison Ave
Corvallis, Oregon  97333
United States
Contact: Noel Bacheller

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Content Overview

The Native Plant Materials and Restoration Planting workshop will present information on selection of native plants, designing planting plans for native habitat, installing and maintaining plantings, and planning for success.  After a morning session of presentations from restoration ecologists and plant materials experts; the afternoon session will tour active restoration sites for further familiarization with examples of real-life projects, their process steps, and site-based opportunities, constraints and lessons learned.


What You Will Learn

Participants will learn about selection of native plant materials for functional native plant communities, refining project goals, planting site maintenance and protection, common practices for preparing prospective restoration sites for planting, and planting layout/design.


Who Should Attend

Statewide Parks provider NR & planning staff, other NR agency NR staff, watershed councils, etc.


Workshop Agenda

8:25 - 8:35 AM

Welcome and Introductions

8:35 - 9:05 AM 

Planting for Climate Change

George Kral

9:05 - 9:35 AM

Plant sourcing: Native seed, plants, sourcing, locally adopted genetics

Rob Fiegner

9:35 - 10:05 AM

Restoration at Herbert Farm and Natural Area: planting with an eye toward plant community ecology, habitat function, and ecological linkages

Peter Moore

10:05 - 10:20 AM


10:20 - 10:50 AM

Refining project goals (site potential, site limitation, risk, cost considerations, boundaries)

Jude Geist

10:50 - 11:20 AM

Large-scale riparian restoration: Installation and maintenance

Matt Blakely-Smith

11:20 - 11:50 AM

Project planning implementation lessons learned with a focus on site preparation, establishing high diversity native plant communities, and anticipating and accepting disturbance

John Goetz

11:50 - 12:20 PM

On-site Lunch (optionally provided)

12:20 - 12:35 PM

Travel to field visit site

12:35 - 1:55 PM

Walking field tour at Herbert Farm

1:55: - 2:10 PM

Travel to Greenbelt Site

2:10 - 3:30 PM

Walking tour at Greenbelt site



George Kral, Forester, Owner, Ash Creek Forest Management, Scholls Valley Nursery

George Kral is a field forester in the broad sense.  He has worked in the field for the past 30 years managing riparian areas, upland forests, prairies and wetlands throughout northwest Oregon, on sites covering thousands of acres.  George and his wife Sara own and manage a 60-acre farm in western Washington County where they grow about three million native plants every year, representing something over 126 species.  They also manage Ash Creek Forest Management, a land management company that has been building and managing diverse native habitats since 1997, including some of the most diverse and comprehensive prairie and riparian systems in the region.  George is midway through a PhD program at Oregon State, where he is investigating landscape genomics of the alders of the Willamette Valley.

Matt Blakely-Smith, Greenbelt Land Trust

Matt Blakely-Smith is the Habitat Restoration Manager for Greenbelt Land Trust.  He is one half plant nerd and one half tractor jockey.  He has a master's degree in Botany from Oregon State University and specializes in practical, on-the-ground habitat restoration.  

Rob Fiegner, Native Seed Network, Willamette Valley Native Plant Materials Coop

Rob Fiegener is director of plant materials at the Institute for Applied Ecology, where he has worked since 2002. He has contributed to IAE's seed collection and production efforts and helped establish its habitat restoration program.  Rob has produced the series of National Native Seed Conferences in the US and is chair-elect of the Society for Ecological Restoration’s International Network for Seed-based Restoration.

Jude Geist, City of Corvallis Parks and Recreation

Jude Geist has a background in wetland restoration and park management.  He currently manages Corvallis parks and natural areas.  As part of his current role, he is involved with the planning, implantation and establishment management or restoration projects such as oak restoration, wetland mitigation, and riparian plantings.  Prior to working for Corvallis, he was the Natural Area Specialist for Salem Parks and Recreation where he implemented the wetland restoration program and natural area management.

John Goetz, Water Resources Project Manager, Clean Water Services

John Goetz III has a background and education in forestry and plant pathology and has managed revegetation projects for habitat enhancement in NW Oregon and SW Washington for over 10 years.  Currently, Mr. Goetz III manages thousands of acres of stream and wetland enhancement projects including plant communities from emergent wetlands and wet prairies to oak savannas and riparian forests at Clean Water Services as a Water Resources Project Manager.

Peter Moore, Institute for Applied Ecology

Peter Moor is a Restoration Ecologist with 6 years of experience with IAE's habitat Restoration Program. He prepares restoration plans and conducts a variety of restoration projects, including efforts to recover the threatened Nelson's checkermallow.  Previously, he was a restoration grant manager for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and a conservation biologist, specializing in shorebirds and seabirds, for the Department of Conservation in New Zealand.



Continuing Education Units

All ORPA workshops are eligible for CEUs to be applied to CPRP.  Learn more about self-reporting.

This workshop also provides CEUs for the following certifications: none.


Registration Fees

Member Fee = $55

Non-Member Fee = $65

Boxed Lunch (optional) = $10


Refund Policy

Please take a moment to review the ORPA Refund Policy.


Additional Information

Dress for the weather!  Bring a raincoat or umbrella; sturdy and/or rubber boots.



Workshops like this are made possible through the generous support of our sponsors:

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