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KLAMATH FALLS FWO: Klamath Country Fly Casters Volunteer
California-Nevada Offices , May 4, 2013
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Wire cages are assembled to protect newly planted seedlings from beaver.
Wire cages are assembled to protect newly planted seedlings from beaver. - Photo Credit: CarolAnn Meadows, KCFC
Volunteers assist with revegetation project.
Volunteers assist with revegetation project. - Photo Credit: CarolAnn Meadows, KCFC
Volunteers enjoy a barbeque lunch after planting.
Volunteers enjoy a barbeque lunch after planting. - Photo Credit: CarolAnn Meadow, KCFC

By Sue Mattenberger

The Klamath Country Fly Casters (KCFC) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) gathered May 4, 2013 at Deming Ranch Land and Cattle to plant nearly 500 native seedlings on the recently restored floodplain of the South Fork Sprague River.


Early on Saturday morning vehicle after vehicle of volunteers began pulling into the restoration site near Bly, Ore., in the Upper Klamath Basin. Volunteers planted, watered, and caged the new willows, alders, chokecherrys, dogwood, serviceberry and other species along both sides of the 1.3 mile stretch of the South Fork Sprague River. In addition to the 500 plants, the workers placed hundreds of sedge plugs along the banks and seeded the area with native blue rye. Thenewly planted vegetation will help stabilize the banks and provide shade to enhance wildlife habitat.


Everyone worked hard and the work was completed by noon. The landowners provided a wonderful barbecue lunch to thank the volunteers for their cooperation and dedication. The landowners complimented the efforts, “We were impressed with the number of volunteers who came out to help with the restoration effort." Sue Mattenberger, PFW project manager added, “The Fly Casters are some of the best volunteers for conservation efforts here in the basin.”


One Fly Caster was overheard saying, “We like helping out on these projects because it benefits the fishery.” The planting project was made possible with funding from the KCFC and Oregon Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers, with match provided by PFW and the landowners.

Sue Mattenberger isa project manager at the Klamath Falls FWO.


Contact Info: Sue Mattenberger, 541-885-2519, sue_mattenberger@fws.gov



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