Rayonier Timber and Land Management Company presented a $2,000 grant on Jan. 21 to Kelly Timchak, Lower Rogue Watershed Council coordinator.
“The Lower Rogue Watershed Council is doing wonderful work restoring and enhancing water quality and fish habitat within the Rogue River basin,” said Alejandro Barbero, spokesperson for Rayonier.
The watershed conservation group will be using the funds for the management of a cottonwood farm on the lower Rogue River estuary. The cottonwood farm is on Freeman Rock property, located on the North Bank Rogue River Road in Gold Beach.
The grant is funding projects that include fence maintenance to keep the elk out of the plantation, pruning and blackberry removal. The black cottonwoods in the nursery were harvested from local resources.
“They used to be more widespread along the Rogue River and we are trying to reestablish them,” Timchak said.
The cottonwoods are used for riparian restoration projects both in stream and along banks. They are similar to willows because the stalks can be cut and just inserted into the ground where “their feet can be wet,” and they will grow,” she said.
“We took 300 more cottonwoods from the plantation on Friday that I am going to replant later today (Monday). It’s another service we can offer landowners,” she said.