continued from page 8 RVCOG, we were able to work together to share resources and avoid duplication.” The Bear Creek Greenway projects will remove Himalayan blackberries and other invasive plants. “When conditions are right this fall and winter, native trees and shrubs will be planted along the greenway and creek,” said RVCOG Natural Resource Project Manager Craig Tuss, “such as Oregon ash, black cottonwood as well as elderberry and dogwood.”
The teamwork includes the Oregon Stewardship, which has been working one-on-one with students for years to enhance the riparian area. “It’s great to have everyone on the same page working together,” said Jim Hutchins of Oregon Stewardship. This partnership is expected to enhance conditions along the Bear Creek Greenway for years to come. “This teamwork benefits the Medford community,” said Griffin, “and makes better use of our resources.”
For more than 30 years, Southern Oregon has worked to connect its communities with a Greenway corridor. The Bear Creek Greenway is a 20-mile paved multi-use trail linking the cities of Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford and Central Point. The Greenway is continuous from the Ashland Dog Park to the Dean Creek Frontage Road, north of Central Point. Soon it will connect to the Rogue River Greenway and follow the Rogue River to Gold Hill. When completed, the combined Rogue River Greenway trail and Bear Creek Greenway will extend over 50 miles and connect eight cities in Jackson and Josephine Counties.
Bear Creek Greenway Resources
Bear Creek Greenway Map
Riparian Restoration Program
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