Guided by scientific understanding of restoration principles, our Habitat Restoration Program works to improve floodplain and riparian habitats within the Willamette Basin, in collaboration with multiple partners including private and state landowners and conservation organizations. 

Our current projects include:


Ross Island


1. Ross Island

Location: Portland
Size: 50 acres
Activities: invasive removal, native planting, public education and restoration work parties


Spring Park and Elk Rock

2. Spring Park & Elk Rock Island

Location: Milwaukie
Size: 8 acres
Activities: invasive plant removal, native planting, trail building, restoration work parties

Willamette Mission


3. Willamette Mission State Park

Location: Gervais (north of Salem)
Size: 400 acres
Activities: large-scale floodplain reforestation including invasive removal, planting, and restoration work parties. Willamette Riverkeeper's partnership with Oregon State Parks goes back to 2005 when we hatched the first project at Willamette Mission. Since that time our partnership has grown, with collaboration at other properties and administration of the Willamette River Water Trail. 


Norwood Island

Norwood Island

Location: Harrisburg
Size: 120 acres
Activities: invasive plant removal, water trail campsite enhancement, public education and restoration work parties. Willamette Riverkeeper owns this property. 

At the confluence of the Long Tom and Willamette Rivers, the island presents significant opportunities to remove invasive weeds, and to better enable existing native schrubs and trees, to flourish. The island also hosts one Water Trail campsite at its downstream end, and a primitive trail system that makes overnight stays and exploration possible where designated on the property.