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Program manager for TNC, who leads the
site's ongoing enhancement reclamation. The site included roughly six miles
of the Middle Fork of the Willamette
River, one mile of the Coast Fork, more
than a dozen shallow pits, and was
located at a confluence-where two
rivers converge-known for extremely
high levels of biodiversity and productivity. It was a prize for the conservation community and a restoration gem
that could benefit the whole region.
However, it took two decades of intermittent and difficult deliberations that
involved the Wildish family, the Friends
and by 2006, The Nature Conservancy
to ultimately reach agreement, secure
funding, and complete the purchase
in 2010. "Achieving this community
vision was only possible because we
spent years learning about the unique

perspective of the aggregate industry
and developing trust with family members" said Orsinger. This was no small
feat. Relationships among varying
industries in the Willamette Valley-
aggregate and environmental among
them-have not always been smooth,
because their priorities frequently
differ. It has always been challenging
to bring those who want to preserve
land, versus those who want to produce aggregates, onto the same "side."
Therefore, these negotiations required
trust, understanding and patience.
They were also not just talking about
some random parcel. They were discussing a family's heritage and debating the highest use of the land while
trying to ensure that the property's
future would match its potential, even
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the deal was struck, extensive restoration work proceeded, and even further
relationship building continues at the
site to this day. "Everyone being willing to work together was a big part of
the project's success," said Liz Cawood,
former Oregon TNC board member.
By early 2018, three phases of construction to restore floodplain habitats on the Willamette Confluence
Preserve have been completed, with
restoration plantings underway on the
third phase. The old shallow sand and
gravel pits have provided geographic
structure to the project and "emergent" wetland habitat has been created and planted with native rushes,
sedges and other vegetation that
offer prime aquatic habitat for young
salmon, frogs and turtles. A half-mile
of old levee has been removed, and a
haul road that functioned like a dike
has been punched through, connecting the ponds formed by quarrying to
the Willamette's main stem into the
site. Wildlife, including beaver, federally listed salmon species, river otter,
deer, cougar and migratory birds, has
already returned to the restored areas.
But more than just wildlife is flocking
to the preserve.
The Nature Conservancy conducts
private tours and recognizes the opportunities presented by this location for
education and connection. "It's a demonstration site. We're putting a lot of
best management practices into it,"
said Nuckols. That goes for more than
just the environmental community-
it's a demonstration site for the aggregates industry as well.
In September 2017, roughly a dozen
individuals from throughout the
Willamette Valley met to hear the story
of the preserve, witness its transformation in action, and most importantly, network with one another to
start building relationships. The tour
included representatives from local
sand and gravel companies, Oregon's
aggregate member association, conservation organizations who worked
on the project, and state regulatory
officials. "It's incredibly satisfying seeing the results of reclamation from an
industry standpoint, and as a member of the community-from a human



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018

Aggregates News Blasts
ROCKPAC Breaks Records
Everything Was Bigger in Texas
Enhanced Reclamation Creates a Bridge Over (Historically) Troubled Waters
Q&A With Congress
More Crops, Lower Costs – Agricultural Lime May Be the Key
Rip & Share
Products & Services Guide
Services & Supplies Guide
Index of Advertisers
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Intro
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - cover1
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - cover2
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Aggregates News Blasts
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - 10
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - ROCKPAC Breaks Records
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Everything Was Bigger in Texas
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Enhanced Reclamation Creates a Bridge Over (Historically) Troubled Waters
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - 31
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - 32
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Q&A With Congress
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - 34
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - 35
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - 36
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - More Crops, Lower Costs – Agricultural Lime May Be the Key
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - 38
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Rip & Share
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - 40
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Products & Services Guide
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Services & Supplies Guide
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - 44
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Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - 47
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - 48
Stone, Sand and Gravel REVIEW - May/June 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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