Rabe Consulting

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World of Trees Exhibit at The Klamath County Museum in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

World of Trees Exhibit at The Klamath County Museum in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

The World of Trees exhibit provides a hands-on, interactive opportunity for both children and adults to learn about the forests of Klamath County. Museum visitors learn about the history of Kalmath County, fish and wildlife, forest management, and forest ownership of our forests as they interact with the exhibit. A main theme throughout the exhibit is the various uses of our forests and the varying perspectives of the different people that make use of them. The exhibit has been a complete success and enjoyed by many, including locals and tourists visiting the area. A highlight of the exhibit is a log that was unearthed during excavation of a landfill near Chemult, Oregon, on May 30, 1991. The log was dubbed the “Mazama tree” after scientists determined the tree had grown before the explosion of Mount Mazama around 5,600 B.C. The explosion of Mount Mazama created the awe-inspiring Crater Lake. World of Trees Klamath County Museum Information: 1451 Main St. Klamath Falls, OR 97601 (541) 883-4208 9:00 – 5:00 Tuesday-Saturday $5.00 Adult $4.00 Senior/Student $3.00 5-12 years of...

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Hawkins Ranch Streambank Restoration

Hawkins Ranch Streambank Restoration

Rabe Consulting provides assistance with restoration projects by working with landowners through a service- and solution- oriented process to meet objectives efficiently, to secure project funding, and to comply with regulations. This streambank restoration project was conducted along the Wood River near Fort Klamath, Oregon. This picture was taken before the project; the eroding streambank is evident. This photo was taken during construction. The project was implemented according to engineering design specifications prepared by Schlumpberger Engineering. The first step in the restoration process was to move the levee back, which was restricting the natural meander of the river. This allowed for the creation of a small floodplain. This photo was taken immediately after construction. The streambank was stabilized with sod mats, log veins and transplanted willows. Log veins provide fish habitat and move current away from the bank, minimizing erosion. Sod mats were also placed on the small floodplain to stabilize the bank further. This photo was taken one year after the restoration. As is evidenced by the photo, the project was a complete success. The streambank and floodplain revegetated rapidly. It is important to note that all project activities were conducted in accordance with wetland and endangered species...

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Mouse Field Wetalnd Restoration Project

Mouse Field Wetalnd Restoration Project

The mouse field is adjacent to Klamath Lake and protected from the lake by a dike. It was originally drained periodically for agriculture, resulting in degraded hydrology and dominance of non-native pasture grasses. The field was flooded and re-contoured to include islands for wildlife, and native willows were harvested for planting along the edges of the wetland and along the edges of the islands. Rabe Consulting harvested and planted 1,500 native willows (three different species) throughout the field. Planting was accomplished during the beginning of the first growing season after construction. We rooted the cuttings before planting to increase the odds of success, and had to utilize canoes to get to the various islands in the wetland. We began monitoring the success of the willow planting during the first month, and did so monthly during the first growing season. The first year we established 12 photo points to monitor the success of the mitigation by looking at vegetation and hydrology. Four years after construction, the mitigation has been a complete success, some of the willows we planted are now over 10 feet...

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Sycan River Restoration

Sycan River Restoration

Rabe Consulting participated onin the design team of the Sycan River restoration project, which identified the need for restoring natural channel forms by decommissioning constructed channels and renaturalizing historic channels. Constructed channels will be filled with native material and historic channels will be enhanced through minor improvements and modifications. Railroad Grade at Sycan Marsh The Sycan Marsh’s long history of cattle ranching and irrigation has created a mosaic of hydrologic barriers throughout the marsh, including a north-south railroad grade that is no longer in use. The restoration involves restoring the length of the railroad grade to the original marsh floor. This will also be done with various spreader bars throughout the marsh. DeCosta Ditch After construction, Rabe Consulting will monitor the success of the restoration project for five years. Photomonitoring and vegetation plots throughout the marsh will be monitored during the growing season to ensure the goals of the project are being...

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FSA and NRCS Funding Announcements

FSA and NRCS Funding Announcements

FSA announces funding for off-site livestock water systems within the Sprague, Williamson, Sycan and Wood River Valleys. Apply at FSA by May 30, 2014. NRCS announces funding of $11 million for implementation of the Upper Klamath Off-Project Settlement Agreement, which will be invested with landowners over the next five years to bring their operations in-line with the Agreement. If you are a landowner within the Off-Project Area interested in participating, please contact Andréa at...

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