We appreciate the Aug. 30 article on the recent Indian Creek site fire.
We adopted this ODOT site 14 years ago and set about providing wildlife habitat, shade for Indian Creek and beauty for walkers and motorists as they pass by. We wanted the site to be a showplace for native plants. We started restoration fall 2000 with the first of many volunteer work parties and have been adding to the native plants, watering, weeding and picking up litter ever since. We have an ODOT Adopt-A-Landscape permit; the restoration plan was reviewed by them, Pacific Power and the City of Hood River.
Over 20 volunteers have helped with planting the 185 natives. Donations and contributed work included Hood River Valley High School Earth Club, Hood River County Weed Control, Bryant Pipe & Supply, Meadows Outdoor Advertising, SOLV, Milestone Nursery and many others. Hood River News has been great publishing a number of articles that gave publicity to the work.
Where to from here? How will the site be restored? Cindy Thieman, Coordinator of Hood River Watershed and Indian Creek Stewards, along with Jurgen, will prepare a restoration plan. The plan will include dead plant removal as needed, planting new native plants and grasses, temporary drip irrigation and measures for maintaining the area. There will be opportunities for grants, donations and volunteering by organizations and citizens. While the fire was scary and burned important plants, the area will once again be green.
Susan and Jurgen Hess