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ODFW Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program

South Yamhill River Floodplain Project

About the South Yamhill River Floodplain Project:

Project Proponent: Ducks Unlimited

Year Acquired: 2013

Conservation Values Protected: This property protects wildlife habitats located in the North Pacific Flyway (NPF), namely the Willamette Valley of western Oregon. The Willamette Valley accounts for the majority of migrating and wintering dabbling duck species use in western Oregon (e.g., mallards, northern pintail, American Wigeon, green-winged teal, northern shoveler). The protection of the Willamette Valley's remaining wetland base and associated farmland, which combine to meet the food energy needs of migrating and wintering waterfowl in the region, provides a function of incalculable worth considering that a large percentage of the Willamette Valley's historical wetland coverage has been lost. The property's floodplain, riparian, and upland habitats provide significant habitat and connectivity for a variety of fish and wildlife species including, but not limited to; black-tailed deer, beaver, western gray squirrel, western pond turtle, northern red-legged frog, steelhead, acorn woodpecker, olive-sided flycatcher, dusky Canada goose, Nelson's checkermallow, and wapato. The property is located in the South Fork Yamhill River Conservation Opportunity Area.

The property also protects lotic off-channel aquatic habitat, seasonal emergent wetlands, riparian forest, bottomland hardwood forested wetlands, oak savanna, upland and wet-prairie. These habitats are in close juxtaposition to the riparian corridor of the South Yamhill River, thus providing important corridors among suitable habitat patches and allowing connectivity. Cumulatively, these habitats will support and benefit a myriad of native wildlife species, including priority species identified in the Oregon Conservation Strategy. Other societal benefits such as flood attenuation, groundwater recharge, and nutrient buffering will be protected.

Acres Protected: 91

Access: Not open to the public


Contact us

Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program Contact List (pdf)
ODFW Wildlife and Fish Biologist Contact List (pdf)

For more information

Contact Laura Tesler, Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program Coordinator, Laura.Tesler@odfw.oregon.gov

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