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Reed Canyon Featured on OPB Show

Reed students uproot implicit assumptions at Canyon Day. Photo by Eren Veziroglu ’16

OPB's popular series Oregon Field Guide focused on Reed's ongoing efforts to restore the canyon in its March 27, 2014 episode.

Crystal Springs Restoration” showcased the hard work and positive results that Reed has accomplished as the major steward of the purest water source in the Portland city limits. There is also a spotlight on the efforts downstream that make this ecosystem attractive to native salmon and brook lamprey, not to mention our resident otter! 

The show includes highlights of fall Canyon Day and interviews with Zac Perry, Reed's canyon restoration manager, who led the efforts that have made the once-neglected canyon a viable place for the support of wildlife and, moreover, a lure to bring salmon into an urban stream. “Hopefully this show will raise some understanding about the stream’s history, ecology, and the surrounding community,” he says.

The story is a follow up on the initial visit to campus by the Oregon Field Guide crew in 2004.

More important, join us for spring Canyon Day on Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.! Canyon Day is a community event to protect and improve native-plant habitat in the canyon. Free and open to everyone. Tools, food, and fun provided! Meet at the east end of the canyon near the Centennial Orchard on Southeast 37th Avenue (it is easiest to park in the Reedwood neighborhood off of Steele Street).

For more information, send email to Zac at or call 503/572-8636.

Tags: Portland, canyon, Oregon