The Blue Heron Wetland Restoration Project (BHWRP) is proud to provide a summary of the past, present and future work within the Blue Heron Wetlands. With the primary goal to eradicate the invasive aquatic primrose (Ludwigia peploides ssp. montevidensis), the BHWRP has succeeded in decreasing the presence of this weed, increasing native plant diversity and improving the functionality of the wetland system. Efforts of the past two and a half years are highlighted within “The Eradication of Ludwigia peploides ssp. montevidensis from the Blue Heron Wetlands of Portland, OR. Project Update: February 1, 2014."
The Project Update provides a summary of the eradication methods applied, scientific reporting of the results, current status of aquatic primrose within the wetlands and future actions of the project. The Project Update was created by project coordinator, Alex Staunch with the consultation of numerous local agencies and organizations. Fiscal support was provided on behalf of grants from Metro, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District and North Portland Neighborhood Services.
Since the establishment of the project in the Summer of 2010, the Blue Heron Wetland Restoration Project has been working to create a platform and basis for the management strategies of the invasive aquatic plant, Ludwigia peploides spp. montevidensis. The "Invasive Ludwigia peloides Eradication Plan for the Blue Heron Wetlands of NE Portland" utilizes an Integrated Pest Management strategy to minimize herbicide use, increase native floral diversity and improve wetland functionality. The eradication plan highlights the background, purpose, goals and proposed work of the project.
Ludwigia peploides, or aquatic primrose is a relatively new invasive weed to the Greater Portland Area. Little is known related to control methods of this plant within the Pactific Northwest. The Blue Heron Wetland Restoration Project has adopted adaptive management strategies to continually adjust and improve the effectiveness of the eradication efforts. Current removal techniques and present timeline may have changed since the creation of the intial eradication plan in July of 2012. A project update will be available in July of 2013.
The "Eradication of Ludwigia peploides ssp. montevidensis from the Blue Heron Wetlands of NE Portland" was created by project coordinator, Alex Staunch and Portland State University students, with grant funding being provided by Metro, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District and North Portland Neighborhood Services.