Viewing Macroinvertebrates
    Viewing Macroinvertebrates
    Credit: Wolftree

    Bureau of Land ManagementWildwood Recreation Site

    Member Since: 09/24/2001

    Primary Contact: Dale Waddell
    Other Contact: Christina Friedle

    PO BOX 646
    Wildwood Recreation Site
    Beavercreek, OR 97067
    (503) 730-5999 (Wolftree)

    600 acres

    Partner Information: Wolftree, Inc

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    Wolftree opens doors for Portland area students and facilitates study and experience of Wildwood Recreational Site's Salmon River. Students study the river's physical and chemical characteristics as well as the fish and macro-invertebrates that live there. With the help of scientists and researchers, student groups gather data, analyze it, and come to conclusions about this key Northwest salmon watershed.

    Wildwood's maritime climate is characterized by mild temperatures, wet winters and a long frost-free period. Precipitation is heaviest between November and January and averages 75 inches per year.

    The Salmon River's 33.9-mile reach is entirely protected as a National Wild and Scenic River and runs through the heart of Wildwood, which is located about 30 miles downstream from the river's headwaters on Mt. Hood. The watershed is made of older, uplifted deposits that were formed by a series of volcanic lahars (mud flows) and floods. These activities dominate the region

    Marshes, wetlands, beaver ponds, river and small tributary, riparian areas and western Cascade forests make up the diverse ecosystems of Wildwood.

    Overstory includes Douglas-fir, western red cedar, western hemlock, black cottonwood, red alder and bigleaf maple with vine maple, salmonberry, red huckleberry and thimbleberry dominating the understory. Numerous native herbs blanket the forest floor and bloom throughout the spring and summer months.

    Birds, including waterfowl, songbirds and raptors, beaver, blacktail deer, raccoons, Douglas squirrels, Townsend chipmunks, salamanders, steelhead, coho, and chinook salmon are examples of the many animals that make their homes in the waters and forests of Wildwood.

    Prehistory

    The Salmon river watershed was used seasonally by American Indians as a huckleberry picking area and for hunting and fishing.

    Euro-American History

    In the mid-1800's, emigrants traveled through the area after crossing the Cascade Mountain range on the last leg of the Oregon Trail. In the early 1900's, the Bell Lumber Company built a logging mill on the site, which burnt down in the 1930's.

    Current Communities

    Several towns are located along Highway 26 near Wildwood. These communities are supported by tourism including skiing and winter sports on Mt. Hood, fishing, and camping.

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