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Pine Needles - Reduce fire risk - Rake those needles!

Through Spring and Summer, we are reminded that wildfire risk is just around the corner! We already see wildfires erupting in California.  Mainting a needle free perimeter around your cabin will reduce our collective fire risk.

Work with your tract neighbors to help rake needles for those who may need a little assistance or aren’t around!  It will make you feel good!  We can’t control wildfire, but we can make it tougher for it to reach our cabins!

At the July 2017 Annual Member Meeting, the members were informed by the Forest Service that pine needle burn is not allowed - ever.   With this news and current summer fire danger risk, the Forest Service agreed to re-visit this topic in the fall when after the fire management personnel have available time.


Tract Maintenance - 
Primary Contact - need a volunteer
Dust Abatement - need volunteers

Water Testing -   2017 testing was available at the July Annual meeting.   Water testing can be arranged directly by cabin owners by contacting UMPQUA Research Company - 541-863-5201.

Trash 
Winter Hours (x to y) - Sunday a to b
Summer Hours (x to y - Wed, Sunday a to b

Noxious Weeds
When compared to much of Oregon the Metolius Basin boasts plant communities that are mostly free of noxious, invasive weeds. Scotch broom is here but in small scattered sites, then there are the knapweeds, St John’s wort and Dalmatian toadflax. But along the river are two species that have brought up concern: yellow iris and ribbon grass. They both occur mostly along the upper Metolius, starting in Tract C and running through Tract O and pretty much petering out above Bridge 99. Both grow along the river’s edge and up the bank if the soil is wet enough. 

They both out compete native riparian plants. Once the islands on the Metolius supported a variety of flowering plants; now many islands are becoming monocultures of ribbon grass. Yellow iris is an exotic that is pushing out natives too. Yellow iris is a native of Europe. Ribbon grass, an ornamental variety of reed canary grass, is extremely invasive. It came to someone’s attention in 2000 but was probably introduced here long before that, maybe by some well meaning person who wanted to grow a decorative plant. 

The Forest Service has completed an Environmental Impact Statement that addresses invasive plants. The Sisters Ranger District is planning a control action this year. The Friends of the Metolius have tried control measures on private land and on the island below the Camp Sherman bridge. There is no silver bullet; control will be difficult and controversial.

There continue to be questions and concerns in regard to weed mitigation. The Metolius River is home to several endangered and threatened species. The best way to get involved is to become educated on what effect spreading weeds or their removal may have on the Metolius River and its inhabitants.   Contact MRFHA Board for more information.

Weed information provided by Pete Schay

Photo of Ribbon Grass clump on the Metolius River




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