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  • Bear Creek work party heads back to the banks

  • Riparian lovers will return to the banks of Bear Creek Saturday in downtown Medford for the latest work party meant to spruce up the city's signature stream.
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  • Riparian lovers will return to the banks of Bear Creek Saturday in downtown Medford for the latest work party meant to spruce up the city's signature stream.
    The Lomakatsi Recreation Project's fifth annual Streamside Forest Recovery Week kicks off with a hands-on restoration project from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along the creek.
    The work centers on a stretch of stream that has been the target of recent restoration projects headed by the Bear Creek Watershed Council, the city of Medford and several school groups.
    Work on Saturday will include planting of native trees and shrubs, removal of invasive plants such as Himalayan blackberries and trail building.
    Also planned for the day are education sessions on streamside habitat, botany and water quality. Gloves, tools and snacks will be available for volunteers.
    Participants will meet along Spencer Street off East 12th Street east of Riverside Avenue.
    For information, see Lomakatsi's website at www.lomakatsi.org or call 541-488-0208.
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