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Oregon / Washington

West Eugene Wetlands

Willamette daisy (Erigeron decumbens)

Located within the city limits of Eugene, the West Eugene Wetlands (WEW) encompasses 3,000 acres of rare habitat that is protected by the WEW partnership. This partnership consists of state, federal, and private agencies.

With the help of their partners, the West Eugene Wetlands program has become an accomplished and award-winning effort. Not only has the partnership acquired and permanently protected 3,000 acres of wetlands and associated uplands, it has also restored 800 acres of wetlands and over 2 miles of streams. These efforts have helped to stabilize or expand the population of four endangered species: Willamette daisy (Erigeron decumbens), Kincaid's lupine (Lupinus oreganus var kincaidii), Bradshaw's lomatium (Lomatium bradshawii), and Fenderís blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi).

As part of the West Eugene Wetlandís mission, community outreach and environmental education efforts have been a huge success. Reaching about 3,000 students year-round, the West Eugene Wetlands education program provides field-based and classroom education opportunities for both children and adults.

To learn more about the wetlands, please visit their website.