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Reed College's Fall Canyon Day set for Saturday, October 8

About the Reed Canyon


The public is invited to join as Reed College students, faculty, staff, and neighbors help restore the native plant habitat and enhance water quality at the headwaters of Crystal Springs Creek. Participants will assist in removing invasive species and planting native trees and shrubs.



9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, October 8



Reed Canyon, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Meet on the lawn west of Vollum college center.



Free and open to the public



For more information, the public is asked to visit the Reed canyon website at or, for information on upcoming canyon days, e-mail or call 503/572-8636.

The Reed Canyon provides 21 acres of high quality wildlife habitat in the midst of the city and has been identified in the Johnson Creek Basin Protection Plan as "the only naturally occurring pond (or lake) remaining in the inner-city area." Currently, Reed College is in the middle of two large-scale projects to restore the canyon area and enhance wildlife habitat. One project was the construction of the fish ladder that reconnected the lake and the lower creek. The other project is the ongoing removal of invasive weeds and the restoration of native vegetation in the canyon. Over $750,000 has been invested by the college to date in the restoration project, including a generous leadership gift from Laurel Wilkening, Reed Class of ’66, with significant additional support from John Gray and many other members of the Reed and Portland community.

The objectives for the project are to improve habitat for birds, animals, and aquatic species; create new spawning and rearing grounds for salmon and other resident fish species; and assure the quality of this important water source for the Johnson Creek system. Most important, the project will work in concert with efforts by the City of Portland and others in the region to reconnect one of Portland’s remaining historical waterways to the Willamette River and the Pacific Ocean and contribute to the long-term survival of Oregon’s native fish populations.

To learn more about the canyon restoration project, please visit the canyon restoration website at


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