This project created a native pollinator hedgerow on Skyline Boulevard near the McNamee and Newberry Roads intersection to attract insect and bird pollinators such as native bees and hummingbirds. The hedgerow includes native shrubs and forbs that replace some invasive weeds on site and also add to the riparian functions of an unnamed tributary to Abbey Creek. The plantings help filter sun, provide shade to the creek and stabilize the banks, and brush piles were built for bird, amphibian, reptile and small mammal habitat. Restoration covered 3.45 acres of forest and open land.
A great deal of invasive Himalayan blackberry was removed and replaced with native shrubs and conifers and making way for a 350 meter trail through the woods. Many landowners in the area plan to thin tree patches to improve forest health and this will be a great example for them. The hedgerow will also be used for future educational opportunities on plants and pollinators.
The District expects a healthier forest in the future that supports a richer variety of wildlife and insect species. It also expects improved water quality in the drainages on the property that can be used as an outdoor classroom for school children who visit the site as well as adults learning about restoration. Workshops hosted by WMSWCD, Skyline Ridge Neighbors, and other groups attract people from all of rural west Multnomah County as well as neighboring counties such as Yamhill, Washington, Columbia, and Clackamas. The educational component will benefit hundreds of citizens and the restoration will benefit wildlife and will be aesthetically pleasing to the hundreds of neighbors who live nearby and drive by the property.
Contracted maintenance during the two-year grant period will make sure the native plant species are well established. Longer lived conifer species will be planted in the forest replacing invasive weeds and some deteriorating hardwood tree species. Native conifers have the potential to grow on a site for several hundred years. To sustain the native populations of bees that we hope to enhance, the District will make sure that beyond flowering plants, they have places to live in dead wood, live trees and bare ground. Volunteers will help to keep some areas bare for bee nesting and tunneling with hoes and shovels. The Grange has a membership of active citizens that are committed to seeing the success of this project and will volunteer their time to maintain the project during and beyond the grant timeline. Long-term health of Abbey Creek should benefit as native plants that better prevent erosion and filter runoff establish along its tributary banks.