In 2005/6 the Corvallis City Council initiated a two-year planning process to develop a Stewardship Plan for 2,400 acres of City-owned lands around the Corvallis City Watershed near Marys Peak. Past management had fragmented and decreased many important wildlife habitats, especially old forest and riparian areas that support Northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet. Many areas now contain dense, uniform plantations that will not develop desired traits without intervention. Important hardwood and shrub diversity will be lost if actions are delayed until trees reach commercial size.
This project included three wildlife enhancements: plantation thinning for diversity, snag creation, and riparian enhancement planting.
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