Waite Ranch

NAME: Waite Ranch
LOCATION: Lane County, Oregon
MARKET: Land Management
SUBMARKET: Habitat Restoration

DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this project is to restore an estuarine wetland area on a parcel of land that borders Highway 126 and the Siuslaw River. The project has been in progress for quite some time after The McKenzie Trust purchased the property in 2010. Foundation Engineering, Inc. began our journey in 2015 with the proposed scope of work to be completed on the project.

Restoration of almost 200 acres will include constructing a new setback dike, breaching of the existing dike, and excavating a series of new waterways. The planned restoration includes deconstructing portions of the berm and placing new fill against the road embankment along Highway 126. The new tide gate will support fish passage and the tide channel will allow the river into the area making way for the development of new channels.

For detailed and historical information and an explanation of this restoration project please visit the Waite Ranch website or the Siuslaw Watershed Council website.

FUN FACT:

Waite Ranch was actually a dairy ranch for many years!  

SERVICE:  Foundation Engineering, Inc. was retained to address the specific issue of potential settlement of Highway 126 due to construction of an erosion-control berm adjacent to the highway embankment and the setback dike at the east end of the property. We have also been providing ongoing construction observations during the placement of the fill on the property.

Additional field exploration and sampling was also conducted to address concerns with potential settlement, site grading for new waterways, and other concerns for the restoration.

We have also been providing ongoing construction observations during the placement of the fill on the property.

Highlight: This is a conservation effort to bring back tidal channels, provide cultural access and practices, revegetation, and new habitat to create a naturally occurring ecosystem. The project is supported and funded by many partners.

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