A vision for restoration, research, and education.
UO’s Campus Plan emphasizes stewardship of natural areas designated on campus. The Campus Plan outlines a commitment to “preserving and restoring natural habitat and promoting ecological functions while providing opportunities to learn about and engage with natural systems.”
The Willamette River Natural Area (WRNA) is an outdoor laboratory where a variety of research and service projects allow UO students and faculty to engage with natural systems. Many disciplines work in this area including Biology, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Earth Sciences, Landscape Architecture, and others.
Within the WRNA, students and faculty have undertaken projects to preserve and restore plant species, enhance wildlife habitats, and study landscapes. Learning opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines are ongoing at this remarkable designated open space.
The University of Oregon intends to “conserve, enhance, and restore regionally important habitat within the WRNA to support a diversity of native plant and wildlife species while providing outstanding learning and recreational opportunities for students and community members alike.”
Snapshots - Research and Projects
In May 2022, the UO Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) Student Association partnered with the Office of Sustainability and Creekside Land Management on a project to include goats in a demonstration of restoration efforts at the WRNA.
How was the WRNA Landscape Management Plan Created?
- Jeff Krueger of JK Environments (Landscape Architect and project consultant)
- A ten-person Habitat Advisory Team (HAT) made up of UO staff, faculty, and a student representative, as well as local environmental experts
- Other individuals with topic-specific expertise and site knowledge
- Document historical and existing site conditions.
- Evaluate issues and opportunities related to site management.
- Describe a vision for desired future conditions.
- Provide direction for short- and long-term management within this defined area.