The 7,440 acre Williamson River Delta Preserve is located on the mouth of the Williamson River, along Upper Klamath and Agency Lakes, near Chiloquin, Oregon.
The area was once dominated by emergent wetlands. Beginning in the 1940s, levee construction and subsequent wetland drainage allowed the area to be used for farming and cattle pasture.
Since 1999, The Nature Conservancy has worked to hydrologically reconnect the Delta to adjacent waterbodies and establish native wetland vegetation on about 5,500 acres.
Mel Schroeder will discuss the process of restoring wetland, riparian and upland habitats, including using explosives to breach levees throughout the Delta.