Newberg High School Forest Restoration Project

Chehalem Valley Watershed Project’s Newberg High School Forest Restoration Project will specifically address invasive species, in addition to recreation infrastructure improvements, stream restoration, and wildlife habitat enhancements, at Newberg High School. The goal of this project is to create an educational and recreational forest for the Newberg-Dundee community with sound conservation restoration and management. This project will require approximately $75,000 in labor, materials, supplies, tools and services over the 2018-2019 school year. An additional $30,000 in labor and supplies will be required to maintain the forest from 2019-2023.

Invasive Species Control

Our students have identified a variety of invasive plant species in the Newberg High School forest including Asian Knotweed, Himalayan Blackberry, English Ivy, and Reed Canary Grass. These noxious weeds require persistent control in order to fully eradicate them from the Willamette Valley. We will use non-toxic herbicides to kill these invasive species and manually/mechanically remove them to prevent further spread of their seeds and leaves.

Recreation Infrastructure Improvements

To protect the community's investment in our public schools, we have decided to upgrade and introduce new recreation opportunities into the Newberg High School Forest. These improvements include ecological, social, and economic upgrades, specifically removing culverts, building bridges, installing educational signage, restoring trails, and constructing an outdoor classroom. This will provide the community with a multi-use green space for all to enjoy.

Stream Restoration

In an effort to protect remaining migratory fish habitat, we will restore the Newberg High School forest tributary of Hess Creek by installing woody debris and pebbles to encourage rearing Salmon habitat. These improvements should encourage downstream deposition of pebbles that will provide Cutthroat and Chinook Salmon spawning. Along with bank stabilization and planting of native riparian plants, these stream restoration efforts will improve water quality of the stream.

Wildlife Enhancements

Working with outdoor professionals, our students have located vital wildlife habitat needing restoration. Student-designed wildlife habitat enhancements will protect and encourage endangered species to thrive in our high school forest. These species-specific micro-habitats will be strategically located in unique riparian and wetland niches. This will encourage biodiversity and provide future students with an opportunity to study the effects of restoration on wildlife.

Project Budget: $75,000.00

Anticipated Completion: May 1, 2019

Needed Materials:

  • Lumber, Posts, Joists, Trusses
  • Metal Screen-Printed Signage
  • Corrugated Metal Roofing
  • Bricks and Cinder Blocks

Needed Tools:

  • Post Hole Digger/Auger
  • Nail Guns
  • Power Drill
  • Circular Saw
  • Shovels, Work Gloves, Glasses

Needed Services:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • General Contractor
  • Tractor/Flail Mower

Needed Supplies:

  • Concrete
  • Herbaceous Plants
  • Hardware
  • Cedar Wood Chips
  • Quarter-Minus Crushed Rock

See Our Stream Survey and Water Quality Monitoring Network Project