Umatilla Native Plant Nursery Operational Support II

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Pre-Restoration Acquisitions And Nursery Operations
Project ID15-Umat-05
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date03/01/2016
End Date08/31/2016
Last Edited10/21/2021
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The purpose of the project was to provide nursery services and locally adapted native plant products in support of restoration projects within the territory of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Plant materials from the native plant nursery may be used throughout the Columbia Basin for fish habitat restoration and watershed restoration projects with a focus on the Umatilla, Grande Ronde, Walla Walla, Tucannon and John Day Basins. Projects supported include CTUIR and their conservation partners. Services include site assessment and treatment prescription development, plant collection and propagation and maintenance of specified native plant species. There are currently very few native plant nurseries in the area and none that specialize in the production of locally adapted stock. Funding will provide for various staff members participation in the collective Native Plant Nursery efforts to restore and maintain the tribal First Foods through maintenance and restoration of resilient native plant communities.

This project funded nursery activities occurring between March 2016 and August 2016.

The 2016 Funds for the CTUIR Tribal Native Plant Nursery were designated for salaries for employees. In 2016, the nursery employed three permanent employees, five seasonal employees and four temporary hires. Eight of these employees are members of CTUIR and three are members of other tribes.

The funds supplied by the PCSRF for salaries benefitted the CTUIR Tribal Native Plant Nursery by providing a crew to install a new floor in one hoop house which reduced both the risk of water borne plant diseases and the risk of workers and customers falling on the slippery surface.
It also has provided consistent employment of seasonal workers from the previous year. This consistency allowed for further training and increased experience of the employees which then translated into the production of quality plants with increased ability to survive in the severe conditions of the out-planting sites. This funding also provided opportunity for the nursery manager to visit habitats for more in-depth planning and development of plant lists for future projects.

Project Benefit    

Plant materials produced at the Nursery will benefit Threatened summer steelhead, Threatened bull trout, and Threatened and reintroduced Chinook and Coho salmon by assuring the availability of healthy and vigorous locally sourced native plant materials for use in habitat restoration projects by the CTUIR and conservation partners. Locally sourced materials assure higher planting success and prevent unintended introduction of non-adapted genetic materials to the watersheds. Native riparian plants provide shade, structure and a substrate for macroinvertebrates that feed native fish stocks.

Native plant products support CTUIR’s “River Vision” which identifies a healthy riparian condition as a key component or touchstone to achieving healthy floodplain conditions necessary to protect, restore and enhance tribal First Foods for the perpetual cultural, economic, and sovereign benefit of CTUIR. Use of locally adapted plant stocks helps protect the ecological integrity of the local plant communities while improving overall floodplain health and fish production potential.


Metric Completed Originally

Funding Details

Report Total:$150,000

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Tribal Native Plant Nursery    

  • Worksite Identifier: Tribal Native Plant Nursery
  • Start Date: 07/01/2016
  • End Date: 06/30/2018
Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Lower Snake
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Oregon
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 45.6775
  • Longitude: -118.068


  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Snake River Basin Steelhead DPS
  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS
  • Snake River Spring/Summer-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon ESU




  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 150,000.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .00
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      The ESA Recovery Plans for the species indicated under the targeted ESU’s above, identify stream enhancement reaches and needs (including restoration of riparian vegetation) which this project will help address.
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.3
      Monitoring text (from Phase I)
      The Nursery monitors plant materials prior to delivery for disease, phenology, overall condition, soil fertility and survival by species and cohort.
    •      . . C.12 Pre-Restoration Acquisitions And Nursery OperationsY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.12.a Pre-restoration funding 150,000.00
      •      . . . . C.12.c.1 Nursery operationY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.12.c.2
          Species (scientific) name(s) of plants
          Acer glabra douglasii, Achillea millefolium, Alnus tenuifolia, Alnus rubra, Amelanchier alnifolia, Apocynum cannabinum, Artemesia tridentata tridentata, Artemisia tridentata wyomingensis,Asclepsia speciosa Atriplex canescens, and others
        •      . . . . . . C.12.c.3 Number of each species raised per year 117,049