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Molalla RiverWatch has received generous coverage in local and regional publications. Here are some excerpts, sorted with newest articles first:

Have you seen this frog?
ODFW and Molalla River Watch are looking for habitats with amphibian egg masses, frogs, salamanders, and/or turtles to record their range and identify potential restoration projects. Molalla River Watch can help landowners find funds for habitat improvement projects to provide high quality aquatic habitats for native frogs and turtles to thrive. Molalla River Watch is committed to assisting local landowners in accomplishing their wildlife habitat and pond/streamside property goals.
-- Peggy Savage
The Molalla Pioneer (front page)
February 11, 2015 (read article)
Follow That Fish to Milk Creek!
Milk Creek is a beautiful stream that starts northeast of Colton and travels past Union Mills, within a couple of miles of Molalla, through Mulino, and eventually empties into the Molalla River just outside of Canby. It is home to many native fish and has been the focus for a number of organizations that have partnered to improve fish habitat and improve water quality. This community social is a celebration of the wildlife, water, and great people that live in and around Milk Creek! ...volunteer assistance from Molalla River Watch Watershed Council.
-- Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District and
August 29, 2014 (read article)
Molalla River has new BLM operating plan this season, including camping only in campgrounds
New facilities opening along the Molalla River that will replace dispersed, riverside camping sites. Some of these sites are being restored to their natural condition with help from Molalla RiverWatch and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
-- By Terry Richard
The Oregonian
May 14, 2014 (read article)
Threatened Minnow Found In Molalla River Basin
ODFW’s Native Fish Investigations Program recently teamed up with the Molalla River Watch. The result – the first sighting of Oregon chub in the lower Willamette basin in 60 years. ... Historically, Oregon chub occupied the Willamette River from the mouth of the Clackamas to the Coast Fork and Middle Fork of the Willamette River.  However, the last observation of Oregon chub in the lower Willamette was at Oregon City in 1953.
-- By Peggy Savage
Nov. 8, 2013
(article in the Molalla Pioneer,
Portland Tribune
and OPB News)
New recreation sites set to open this week in Molalla River Recreation Corridor
[A]fter five years of planning and coordination between the BLM and local conservation groups, officials say they've made progress in cleaning up the area. Just in time for the Independence Day holiday, the BLM is opening two new recreation sites for camping, picnicking and river access in the corridor. For the past 11 months, the BLM has worked with volunteer groups to revamp the site with a dozen new picnic areas, trails and a paved parking lot. In 2008, conservation groups Molalla River Watch and the Molalla River Alliance encouraged the BLM to purchase the privately owned land to clean it up and root out illegal activity in the corridor.
-- By Justin Runquist
The Oregonian
June 30, 2013 (read article)
A Fish Head Count
Molalla River Watch has arranged for an inventory of the juvenile salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout in Gribble, Dove and Creamery Creek; Milk Creek from the Molalla confluence to the Elwood area; and the Milk Creek tributaries of Buckner, Cedar, Little Cedar, Woodcock, Hancock, Nate, Canyon, Jackson, Mill, Bee, and Bittner creeks. The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) will provide funding for the survey.
-- Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District and
June 8, 2012 (read article)
Molalla River cleanup and enhancement planned for Saturday
With the community’s help, Molalla River Watch, Inc. will hold the annual fall cleanup this Saturday, Oct. 15, to keep the garbage from accumulating. ... In the afternoon, a volunteer appreciation barbecue lunch will be held back at [Feyrer] park. ... Molalla River Watch, Inc. and The Bureau of Land Management sponsor the local cleanup and enhancement event.
-- The Molalla Pioneer
October 12, 2011 (read article)
Surveyors take a look at Molalla River’s fish
Surveyors have been snorkeling the Molalla River this month gathering population counts of the various salmon and trout species. Molalla River Watch, Inc., a local nonprofit group dedicated to the river’s preservation and rehabilitation, contracted with Bio-Surveys LLC, a private aquatic consulting firm based out of Alsea, Ore., to conduct the Rapid Bio-Assessment of the Upper Molalla River Watershed.
-- The Molalla Pioneer (front page)
Sept. 29, 2011 (read article)
Volunteers sought for planting project in park
Molalla River Watch encourages volunteers to come out this Saturday, April 9 to help plant 400 native plants around Shorty's Pond at Ivor Davies Park in Molalla. The Shorty's Pond project began last year when Molalla River Watch, in partnership with the city of Molalla, secured a grant from Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) to help clear the blackberries and purchase 800 plants and bark mulch. The blackberries were removed and half of the plants were planted and mulched last spring... The project improves access to Shorty's Pond, allowing people to enjoy bird watching, the beauty of the pond and even the chance to catch a few fish.
-- The Molalla Pioneer
April 8, 2011 (read article)
Community support can improve your river
Molalla River Watch, the local watershed council, has inspired hundreds of volunteers to restore stream bank vegetation, and is using grants to measure the quality of the Molalla River and prioritize areas for future restoration projects.
-- Commentary
By: Karen Font Williams,
The Molalla Pioneer
March 1, 2011 (read article)
Molalla River Watch organizes projects throughout the year to keep the corridor healthy and clean while improving trails and facilities
Molalla River Watch's most recent event, the 16th annual Horses, Hikers and Mountain Bikers Poker Ride/Hike on Aug. 29, drew 113 participants to the Molalla River Corridor Trail System, with Molalla Buckeroo Queen Alexis Mitchell leading the way on the trail course. "This is a fun, family event that has created long-lasting friendships between participants," Molalla River Watch Executive Director Kay Patteson said.
-- By: Molalla Pioneer Staff,
October 14, 2010 (read article)
Earth Day cleanup to honor Ryan Morgan
Volunteers are invited to participate in the annual Molalla River Watch SOLV IT Earth Day Event on April 17, sponsored by Molalla River Watch, Inc., and the Bureau of Land Management Salem District. "The event is held to honor the memory of Ryan Morgan who enthusiastically worked on all of the planned activities to enhance the river and recreation while sharing positive life skills with the youth he mentored." -- Molalla River Watch Executive Director Kay Patteson
-- By: Molalla Pioneer Staff, April 8, 2010 (read article)
Molalla River Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
Text From the Congressional Record -- "In particular, I want to personally thank the many people who worked so tirelessly on this bill. This includes the president of the Molalla River Alliance, Mike Moody; the mayor of Molalla, Mike Clarke; Molalla City Manager John Atkins; Police Chief Gerald Giger; the executive director of Molalla River Watch, Kay [Patteson]; the president of Molalla Community Planning Organization, Jim Gilbert; and, frankly, Oregon river enthusiasts like Kavita Heyn and Erik Fernandez."
-- Congressman Kurt Schrader, C-SPAN Video Library, November 19, 2009 (view video and transcript)
House passes bill to protect Molalla River
WASHINGTON -- The House Thursday approved legislation that would extend the highest level of federal protection to 21.3 miles of Oregon's Molalla River. The bill provides federal protection and recognition of the Molalla River under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
-- By Charles Pope, The Oregonian
November 19, 2009 (read article)
Molalla River Watch wins county funding
The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board voted in September to fund Molalla River Watch as a watershed council.
-- The Oregonian. October 29, 2009 (read article)
Molalla River Watch receives watershed council funding
Molalla River Watch, a local nonprofit group dedicated to restoration, education and conservation efforts in the Molalla River Corridor, became the official watershed council of the Molalla River this year and has now been guaranteed funding through the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.
-- Bethany Monroe, The Molalla Pioneer, October 28, 2009 (read article)
Poker ride/hike to raise funds for Molalla River Corridor trails
Hikers, bikers and horseback riders will gather at Hardy Creek Trailhead Saturday for Molalla River Watch fundraiser
-- The Molalla Pioneer, Sept. 15, 2009 (read article)
Support for Molalla River grows
County commissioners back designating 15 miles as wild and scenic. Trail-building and maintenance has been done largely by hand by Molalla River Watch, church groups, Boy Scout troops, horse clubs and other volunteers.
-- Peter Zuckerman, The Oregonian Staff, Friday, August 22, 2008 (read article) 
Celebrating our home: Earth
Molalla River Watch hosted a SOLV-IT event on Saturday in the Molalla River Corridor with volunteers clearing branches and debris from trails and planting trees provided by the Bureau of Land Management.
-- Bethany Monroe, The Molalla Pioneer, Apr. 22, 2009 (read article)
Saving the river, one bag of trash at a time
Again this year, Molalla River Watch is participating in the SOLV “Down By the Riverside” Enhancement, Cleanup and Appreciation Day event.
-- Joe Wilson, The Molalla Pioneer, May 14, 2008 (read article)
Volunteers spend their Saturday cleaning up Molalla River banks
Organizers say illegal dumping is on the decline. The twice-annual Molalla River Watch cleanup has been a tradition around Molalla for the past 16 years.
-- Abby Sewell, The Molalla Pioneer,
October 3, 2007 (read article)
$45,000 grant will help fund study of Molalla River
Molalla River Watch, a nonprofit environmental organization, along with several city, county and state agencies, will study erosion and climbing water temperatures along the 27-mile main stem of the river, which provides water for Molalla and Canby.
-- Tom Wolfe, The Oregonian,
June 12, 2007 (read article)
Molalla River Watch garners state grant
Molalla River Watch received a grant of $45,000 from the Oregon Governor’s Fund for the Environment to help jumpstart an ambitious restoration plan for 27 miles of the Molalla River.
 -- Abby Sewell, The Molalla Pioneer,
May 30, 2007 (read article)
Volunteers clear trails, plant trees
The work party is an annual Earth Day event sponsored by Molalla River Watch, Bureau of Land Management, SOLV, Ricky D’s Pizza and Molalla Communications.
-- Russell Bassett, The Molalla Pioneer, April 26, 2006 (read article)
Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds: Russell Creek Fish Passage Barrier Removal
Extensive partnerships made this endeavor possible. Molalla River Watch, Weyerhaeuser, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) worked together to complete the project.
 -- The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB),, Oct. 2005 (read article)
Big turnout for National Trails Day cleanup
Rain doesn’t deter volunteers from work trails in Molalla Recreation Corridor
-- Stephen St. Amand, The Molalla Pioneer, September 22, 2004 (read article)
Tending the trails
Shelters and leveled trails enhance the Molalla River's Aquila Vista educational area
-- Jim Kadera, The Oregonian, August 16, 2004 (read article)
Molalla River Corridor offers multi-use trails
In 1992, Molalla River Watch (MRW) helped to create the trails, and has been assisting in maintenance ever since.
-- The Molalla Pioneer, August 13, 2004 (read article)
Reclaiming the trails
For Molalla River Watch, Inc., fall marks one of the busier times for the volunteer keepers of the river. In upcoming weeks, there are a number of clean-up and fund raising events planned in the Corridor...
-- Stephen St. Amand, The Molalla Pioneer, September 18, 2003 (read article)
One day at a time, Colton trail becoming a reality
The [Colton High and Middle schools see] the trail as an opportunity for an outdoor laboratory for teachers, serving as a place to conduct class science experiments in various ecosystems and habitats. Molalla River Watch, Inc., several teachers and some students have also helped with the project.
-- Judith Spitzer, The Molalla Pioneer, April 03, 2002 (read article)
Horses, Hikers and Mountain Bikers
The event, put on by Molalla River Watch and the Bureau of Land Management, along with other sponsors, features mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding on trails in the Molalla River Trail System.
-- Garth Meyer, The Molalla Pioneer, August 29, 2001 (read article)
Students, educators traverse river trails.  -- Sherry Harbert, The Molalla Pioneer, 26 Jan. 2000, Page 1.
RiverWatch OKs culvert replacement.
Board members of Molalla River Watch were supportive of the county's plan to provide passage for even juvenile fish species. Juveniles are much more prone to the effects of stream velocity and obstructions than their adult counterparts. The group is vigilant in its work to educate and protect the Molalla River Basin.
  --Sherry Harbert, The Molalla Pioneer, 19 Jan. 2000, Page 1.
Molalla River Watch meets with Clackamas County's water quality district. -- Philip Moore, The Molalla Pioneer, 25 Dec. 1999, Page 1.
RiverWatch opens office in Molalla. -- Sherry Harbert, The Molalla Pioneer, 8 Dec. 1999, Page 1.
Picture Perfect: 12 mile Molalla Corridor is recreation heaven.
Practically in our backyard, the Molalla River Recreation Corridor offers an abundance of opportunities to search for the perfect spot. In June, wildflowers are a common treat in the Molalla River corridor. The Molalla River Recreation Corridor is under joint management of the Molalla River Watch and the Bureau of Land Management, Salem District.
-- John Ross, Corvallis Gazette-Times, 27 June 1999, Page B9:Sports.
Stewards of the land: RiverWatch volunteers clean up Feyrer Park.
"This event shows that the spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in Oregon." Erin Peters, Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism.
-- Jesse Sowa, The Molalla Pioneer, 9 June 1999, Page 8.
Taking a look at nature: Learning in the great outdoors.
Molalla River Watch, in a joint effort with the Salem District of the Federal Bureau of Land Management gave more than 90 local middle school students a unique look at nature last week. "Its a chance for students to see and study plants and animals in their natural environment," said Kay Patteson, spokeswoman for Molalla River Watch.
 -- Joe Wilson, The Molalla Pioneer, 21 Oct. 1998, Page 1.
School Notebook: Students exhibit green thumb, help with plantings in Colton.
Nearly 40 Colton Middle School students planted camas, yellow iris, Oregon ash trees and other greenery in front of their school recently. Molalla River Watch representatives showed the students how to do it.
-- Lisa Daniels, The Oregonian, 23 April 1998, Neighbors section.
Counterpoint: Joint effort reclaims area for people.
If you'd like to thank somebody for making this recreation opportunity available to you, the list isn't short. Molalla River Watch has worked with the BLM to improve the corridor, from conducting twice-yearly cleanups to recreation and management planning advice to working on the hiking, biking and equestrian trail system.
 -- Mark Flint, The Molalla Pioneer, 3 Sept. 1997.
RiverWatch receives award.
Molalla River Watch was honored by Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism at the 1996 SOLV Citizenship Awards Banquet held Sept. 6 at the Nike World Campus in Beaverton. Twice a year Molalla River Watch sponsors a major cleanup, which has resulted in the removal of hundreds of tons of trash and debris.
 -- Kurt Kudlicka, The Molalla Pioneer, 26 Sept. 1996.
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Students visit the Aqilla vista section of the trail system as part of a class field trip. On this trip more than 90 students conducted experiments, wildlife identification and discussions. Photo courtesy The Molalla Pioneer newspaper.
 Students visit the Aqilla vista section.

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