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Quartzville Wild and Scenic River

A western Cascades river utilized by a significant number of Harlequin Ducks.

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A western Cascades river utilized by a significant number of Harlequin Ducks.

Location: In the western Cascades, Quartzville Creek flows into Green Peter Reservoir, northeast of Sweet Home, northeast Linn County.

Description: Quartzville Creek flows over a bedrock and cobble bed and has a very high level of autotrophic productivity (the forest canopy does not extend over the bed). Though much of the adjacent land has been managed for industrial forestry, significant low-elevation old-growth conifer forest remains along some parts of the creek. The Quartzville Access Road also provides access to the Middle Santiam Wilderness, a large non-wilderness trail system, and a staffed fire lookout (Coffin Mountain).

Ornithological Highlights: A significant portion (20-25%) of Oregon's breeding population of Harlequin Ducks are thought to occur in the Quartzville Creek basin, representing the heart of the Oregon Cascades breeding range. In addition, there are resident Bald Eagles, 6-8 pairs of Osprey, and 10+ pairs of American Dipper.

For more information on Quartzville Wild and Scenic River, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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Location: In the western Cascades, Quartzville Creek flows into Green Peter Reservoir, northeast of Sweet Home, northeast Linn County.

Description: Quartzville Creek flows over a bedrock and cobble bed and has a very high level of autotrophic productivity (the forest canopy does not extend over the bed). Though much of the adjacent land has been managed for industrial forestry, significant low-elevation old-growth conifer forest remains along some parts of the creek. The Quartzville Access Road also provides access to the Middle Santiam Wilderness, a large non-wilderness trail system, and a staffed fire lookout (Coffin Mountain).

Ornithological Highlights: A significant portion (20-25%) of Oregon's breeding population of Harlequin Ducks are thought to occur in the Quartzville Creek basin, representing the heart of the Oregon Cascades breeding range. In addition, there are resident Bald Eagles, 6-8 pairs of Osprey, and 10+ pairs of American Dipper.

For more information on Quartzville Wild and Scenic River, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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