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Leslie Middle School Media Center
3850 Pringle Rd SE

  Tuesday, February 8, 2005
6:30 PM
to 8:00 PM


Welcome, Introductions & Agenda Review

(5 min.)
Finalize Winter & Spring Project Ideas - All

(15 min)
Invasive Weed Project Interpretive Signs - Mary Parks

(10 min)
Oregon Watersheds Project at Woodmansee Park (10 min)
Old and New Business

Watershed Concerns  

This is an open meeting. The public which lives, works, and recreates in the watershed is encouraged to attend.

About Pringle Creek

Council Core Values:

  • Stewardship of the Pringle Creek watershed as a natural entity in an urban environment;
  • Sustaining Pringle and Clark Creeks as naturally occurring watercourses;
  • Preserving Pringle and Clark Creeks’ riparian corridors to support native plants and wildlife;
  • Improving water quality; and
  • Promoting public awareness and education on watershed issues.

Have you seen an oil seen on the water, trash being dumped, or some other problem?

Report stream problems to StreamWatch: 503-588-6333


Become involved ...


Thank you ...


To the 75 plus volunteers who turned out for Pringle Creek Watershed Council and Salem Rotary on October 21 to build walking trail and the boardwalk. We spread cedar hog fuel on 1,500+ feet of the trail along the top of the berm along Fairview Industrial Way and into the interior of the wetlands.

To the eleven PCWC and Salem Rotary volunteers who turned out on October 14 to build the footings an 80 foot long boardwalk. This was essential preliminary work for our October 21 project. Volunteers will complete the footbridge on October 21 and spread more cedar hog fuel to add to the walking and jogging trail along the top of the berm along 27th Court SE and Fairview Industrial Way. Thank you also to Mutual Materials for donation of concrete block and cement for the footings.

To the fourteen volunteers who turned out on August 26 for the council's trail building project at the Fairview Mitigation Wetland. We spread 5 loads of cedar hog fuel to make about about 750 feet of walking jogging trail along the top of the berm along 27th Court SE and Fairview Industrial Way. The work on August 26 was the first phase of what will eventually be about 6,300 feet of trail. The project is funded by a grant from the city of Salem, Public Works Department.

To volunteers who came out to Marion County's Bonesteele Park on Earth Day, April 22. It was a beautiful, warm spring morning. We pulled blackberry, ivy and other invasives. Also, we found large Trillium in bloom (pictures coming when your webmaster learns how put pictures onto the page without breaking the web page maker).

To volunteers who spent a nice spring morning at the Kroger Park Bioswale on March 3. We pulled blackberry and planting willow stakes.

To the hardy group of Volunteers who turned out on a wet January 21 Saturday to clean invasive willows and cottonwood trees from the Liberty Elementary School Bioswale. Great job! Before and after pictures show just how much we did.


Donations ...

Pringle Creek Watershed Council cannot make a difference without its many volunteers. Donations are also needed to buy incidental supplies for projects, provide match for grants, and support other council expenses. Pringle Creek is a member of Salem-Keizer Urban Watershed Councils' Association, a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation on behalf of Pringle Creek Watershed Council to support our activities in 2005.

Donations may be mailed to Salem-Keizer Urban Watershed Councils' Association, 3867 Wolverine Street NE, Suite 16, Salem, OR, 97305.

Pringle Creek Watershed Council Minutes: February 8, 2005

President Victor Dodier called the meeting to order at 6:32 pm. Present were: Bob Roth, Victor Dodier, Ed Emrick, Gail Simmons, Robin Straughan, Dave Furr, Alan Pennington, Aaron Pennington, Roger Heusser, Brian Steffel, Pat Smith, and John Savage.

Victor Dodier reported on the City hearing on Arithmetic Avenue. Victor testified on behalf of the Council. Residents in the area dispute whether to provide a traffic connection between Battle Creek and Boone Roads. The City Council decided to leave the record open for a week.

Pat Smith reported that Oregon Watersheds will be helping a landowner in the Woodmansee Park area improve a stretch of Pringle Creek for fish habitat. The project includes widening a 35-foot stretch and removing non-native vegetation. Oregon Watersheds has applied for a $3,000 OWEB grant. Ed Emrick asked that Oregon Watersheds assess the effectiveness of this restoration approach.

The City of Salem is selecting a consultant to write a watershed management plan. The plan will be initially focused on Pringle Creek. Ken Rollie will oversee the project for the City. Victor was asked to serve on the evaluation panel but had to decline.

Robin Straughan handed out the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District's new policy on staff serving as liaisons to Watershed Council. The one substantive change in policy is that SWCD staff will no longer be involved in contract development.

A work party to plant native trees and shrubs at the Kroger Park Bioswale is scheduled for 9 am on March 5. Volunteers are welcome, and should bring gloves, drinking water, clippers, and rain gear. The Council will sponsor an ivy removal at Woodmansee Park in early May. Susan Kephart and John Savage will organize an April event.

Alan Pennington will represent the Council at the February 28 environmental lobby day at the State Capitol.

David Furr, utilities coordinator for the Salem/Keizer School District, reported on current District projects.

Bob Roth reported on several issues. On February 26, the Claggett Creek is sponsoring a restoration party. On March 23, the City of Salem is sponsoring a workshop on local land use regulations and decision-making. In addition, Claggett Creek received $40,000 for restoration work at the Lake Labish wetlands mitigation site. Also, Bob has been working with Sustainable Develoment LLC and the Willamette Valley Basin Plan staff.

Respectfully Submitted, John Savage, Secretary.

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Thank you also to ...

To the Volunteers who turned out Saturday morning, December 10, to plant test plots of camas bulbs and seed at the Fairview Mitigation Wetlands.

To the Volunteers who turned out at the Salem Hospital Bend on Make-A-Difference Day, October 22, 2005 to pull ivy and morning glory, cut ivy from streamside trees, and plant willow stakes and native plants. A special thanks to Roger Heusser and Ryan Kinnett who organized the event, Salem Hospital which provided money to buy plants, and the city of Salem which loaned Pringle Creek Watershed Council tools for the volunteers. The Statesman Journal had a good article on Make-A-Difference Day and covered Pringle Creek's project.


To the 19 Volunteers who turned out on June 18, 2005 to cut ivy from the streamside trees, pull up the ivy and blackberry mat, and whack back poison hemlock and weeds at the Salem Hospital Bend on Pringle Creek. Kudos to Sparky for the 4 inch diameter ivy trunk!

To the Volunteers who helped pull ivy at Woodmansee Park Saturday, May 7, 2005. It's good to see the ivy mat retreat!

To the 22 Volunteers came out on a gorgeous early spring Saturday (March 5, 2005) to plant native plants at the Kroger Park Bioswale.

Volunteers who turned out for the November 2004 planting projects at Fairview Mitigation Wetland. The weatherman delivered a gorgeous fall afternoon on Sunday, November 21, to aid with the planting.

Volunteers who participated in the 2004 Make-A-Difference day planting and ivy pull project at Woodmansee Park. A great Blue Heron swooped in to inspect. Progress is being made, but there's lots more ivy for future projects.

Volunteers who pulled ivy at Woodmansee Park on Saturday, August 28, 2004. We cleared a strip 20 to 25 feet wide and about 150 feet in length. PCWC volunteers will be coming back to Woodmansee Park on Make-A-Difference Day (Oct. 23) to plant native plants in the cleared area.

Volunteers who turned out on July 15, 2004 to glue down storm drain markers in the Candalaria area.

Volunteers who turned out on February 27 and 29, 2004 for a wet and wild planting at Fairview Mitigation Wetland. Susan Kephart and Suzie Torre planned the planting. The combined efforts placed over 100 larkspurs with wild flower seed patches and 200 positions for large and small Camas.

Volunteers who turned out for the 2003 Leaf Haul. They helped neighbors unload 450 cubic yards of leaves at the city's Fairgrounds and Sprague High School collection sites. They also collected more than $700 for the Parks Memorial Fund and more than 800 pounds of food for the Marion County Food Bank.

The volunteers who turned out on yet another beautiful Saturday, October 25, 2003 to pull ivy and blackberry at Woodmansee Park.

The 100+ volunteers who turned out on a beautiful Saturday, October 18, 2003 to work on Claggett Creek Watershed Council's planting project. Also to the Statesman Journal for carrying the story in its October 22 edition.

Supra for organizing and supporting their employees and Supra employees who built a bark dust trail at Fairview Wetland. More than 100 Supra employees turned out to make short work of the October 2003 project.

Pringle Creek volunteers who turned out at Claggett Park in Keizer to help the Claggett Creek Watershed Council with its October 2003 planting project.


News ... The city of Salem built a fish ladder on Pringle Creek. It's located where Commercial Street and the Boise Cascade building cross Pringle Creek. If you missed it, read the July 11th Statesman Journal article about the project.

Wetlands have dollars and cents values, too. See The Oregonian March 3, 2004 article Johnson Creek study puts price on benefits

The Pringle Creek Watershed Council is a nonprofit association representing watershed residents, businesses, schools, neighborhood associations, government, the scientific community and environmental organizations.