Riparian conditions focus of Oak Creek meeting


CORVALLIS - The next meeting of Oregon State University's Oak Creek Action Team will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in the Corvallis Public Library's main meeting room.

The primary topic of discussion will be riparian conditions, including the stream channel and vegetation along Oak Creek on OSU lands. Bob Beschta, a professor in OSU's Department of Forest Engineering, will lead the discussion.

In June, after problems were identified in the Oak Creek watershed which includes university lands, OSU vice provost for research Toby Hayes appointed professors from several university departments to the Oak Creek Action Team. He asked the team to evaluate priorities for management actions and needs for long-term planning, ecological evaluation and environmental monitoring.

In late June, the team scheduled six months of meetings on the third Wednesday of the month at the Corvallis Public Library, invited the public to attend and contribute information that will help the university and others, such as landowners and local government, develop a comprehensive management plan for the Oak Creek watershed.

Meetings in August and September explored animal waste management, dams and barriers, and water withdrawal.

Future meetings will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 17 and Dec. 15 at the Corvallis Public Library at a location to be announced. The team has set up a Web site about Oak Creek.