Umatilla Native Plant Nursery Facility Safety Upgrade

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Pre-Restoration Acquisitions And Nursery Operations
Project ID16-Umat-06
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date05/15/2021
End Date06/30/2022
Last Edited04/27/2022
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The purpose of the project is to address workplace safety and efficiencies associated with handling of potted plant materials in the irrigated pot fields. This includes the leveling of existing pot field with compacted gravel base and the placement of new below ground irrigation systems. In addition, equipment will be purchased to improve the safety and

efficiency of the potting shed and palletized plant movement including a pallet jack and surface compactor.

These upgrades will improve our ability 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 materials and equipment.

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.


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Funding Details

Report Total:$43,581

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Tribal Native Plant Nursery    

  • Worksite Identifier: Tribal Native Plant Nursery
  • Start Date: 05/15/0021
  • End Date: 06/30/0021
Area Description

No Area Description data was found for this worksite.

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 .00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.3
      Monitoring text (from Phase I)
    •      . . C.12 Pre-Restoration Acquisitions And Nursery OperationsY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.12.a Pre-restoration funding
      •      . . . . C.12.c.1 Nursery operationY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.12.c.2
          Species (scientific) name(s) of plants
        •      . . . . . . C.12.c.3 Number of each species raised per year