An interpretive sign was installed and dedicated where Wagner Creek meets Highway 99 adjacent to SOS Plumbing in Talent on Saturday, June 23. The sign illustrates and describes native aquatic plant and animal life that inhabit the creek, and makes a plea that residents respect and enjoy the valuable riparian habitat. The creek supports a diverse web of life, and provides a haven for spawning steelhead trout and salmon.
Friends of Wagner Creek, a volunteer task force dedicated to restoring and maintaining riparian zones within the city of Talent, worked in collaboration with several sponsoring organizations, including Rogue Flyfishers, Freshwater Trust, Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District, Rogue Basin Partnership, Rogue River Watershed Council, Together for Talent and private donors. Freshwater Trust will also donate shade trees to plant behind the sign.
The bilingual sign features common names and Latin genus and species nomenclature for the organisms depicted. It was designed by Karin Onkka and illustrated by nationally recognized artist Elise Wahl. Onkka’s work also graces Lithia and North Mountain Parks in Ashland and the Bear Creek Greenway.
The Friends of Wagner Creek welcomes new members with energy and vision. Upcoming projects include: planting the bioswale installed in Wagner Creek Park on Rapp Road as part of the current bridge improvement project; collaboration with the city of Talent and Freshwater Trust to restore and maintain creek banks below Highway 99 and within the new Confluence Park, where Wagner Creek meets Bear Creek; and connect with riparian property owners to increase understanding and cooperation in maintaining and enhancing these critical habitats.
For more information, contact Talent Community Development Director Zac Moody by phone at 541-535-7401 or email at ZMoody@cityoftalent.org.