I’m not going to lie to you. Blackberry remediation is terrible. But over the past three Tuesdays at 5:30 (usually late in my case) we have been digging out blackberries along the stretch of the Willamette River in Eugene. Trout Unlimited 678, Oregon Trout and Metro Planning have adopted a section of the river to clean out invasive species and repair riparian habitat. So far we’ve ripped out over 50 linear yards this invader.
Our efforts have also resulted in bank fishing access where there was none before. The stretch is right above a fairly substantial rapid; while we haven’t tried fishing it, I can easily imagine town-run steelhead holding in the tailout and pressed against the bank in the early morning hours. So come on out and help us as we continue this project.
The site is located between the Knickerbocker and Autzen Footbridges (Knickerbocker being upstream of the Autzen Bridge). To reach the site, park at the Altion Baker Community Garden or Autzen Stadium and follow the bike path. Tools and gloves are provided.
I won’t be there next week, but the rest of the crew would love to see you there to fill in for me.