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    My Home In The Valley

    Do you live in a valley? If so, you're not alone. These sheltered ecosystems have played a much larger role in human development than you might suspect!

  • Types of Meadows

    Learn about the major meadow types you can visit in western Oregon and along the coast.

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    Managed Lands

    Managed lands are those specifically administered by state or federal agencies to ensure a wide number of uses while protecting native species and natural resources.

  • Redwood Forests

    Southern Oregon marks the northernmost boundary of the coastal redwood forests. The trees here grow so large they have the greatest biomass on Earth!

  • Alder Patches

    The a chemical process called "nitrogen fixation," Red Alder trees help prepare the soil for more complex forests to grow.

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    Umpqua Valley

    Famous for its abundant farms and wineries, the Umpqua Valley is located in south-central Oregon near the base of the Klamath Mountains.

  • Mixed Conifer-Hardwood Forests

    Providing habitats for hundreds of species and an important economic resource too, these forests once covered 12 million acres in both California and Oregon. Learn how they still play a vital role today.

  • The Forests Before Us, The Forest Behind Us

    Wildfire plays an important ecological role in keeping forests healthy. In Oregon, "old growth forests" may have only been possible thanks to extensive wildfires hundreds of years ago.

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    Old Growth Forests

    Valued as both economic and ecological asset, the preservation of these ancient forests is an ongoing struggle.

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    Types of Oregon Woodlands

    Woodlands are abundant in western Oregon and along the coast. This brief article will help you identify the major kinds of woodland in these areas.

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