Sams Valley Oak Savanna & Farm

Project #: 247645  –   Updated: December 30, 2014

Project Summary

A private 128-acre valley floor property near Upper Table Rock is now conserved with two conservation easements. The property includes scenic open space, magnificent oak savanna and woodland, buckbrush chaparral, flower-filled meadows, and pasture. Additional habitats include: ponds, vernal swales, and an intermittent stream sprinkled with agates. The glorious view of the Cascades and the Table Rocks from the adjacent historic Antioch Cemetery is also protected from development. Dryland farming in the pasture and livestock grazing are protected activities. This area of Sams Valley is a ...

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Location (by county):
Jackson County (OR)

Watersheds:
Middle Rogue

Congressional Districts:
OR District 02

Bird Conservation Regions:
Northern Pacific Rainforest

USFWS Regions:
Pacific Region

Project size:
128.0 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Sams Valley Oak Savanna & Farm Yes

Full Project Description

A private 128-acre valley floor property near Upper Table Rock is now conserved with two conservation easements. The property includes scenic open space, magnificent oak savanna and woodland, buckbrush chaparral, flower-filled meadows, and pasture. Additional habitats include: ponds, vernal swales, and an intermittent stream sprinkled with agates. The glorious view of the Cascades and the Table Rocks from the adjacent historic Antioch Cemetery is also protected from development. Dryland farming in the pasture and livestock grazing are protected activities. This area of Sams Valley is a remnant hotspot for Lewis's woodpeckers due to extensive stands of larger oak and pine trees. This beautiful woodpecker no longer breeds in Jackson County, but this project protects a stronghold of its non-breeding habitat. Blue-gray gnatcatchers, an OWEB priority species, breed in the mature chaparral. Other special status birds include acorn woodpeckers and western bluebirds. A large herd of elk often forages on the property.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Conservation Mission
Public Benefit

Consistent with plans:

Land Trust Strategic Conservation Plan
SOLC (2011)

Targeted habitats:

    • Aquatic
      • Lakes and Ponds
      • Rivers and Streams
    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Deciduous Forests and Woodlands
        • Oak Forest and Woodland
    • Human Habitats
      • Agriculture
        • Pasture / Hay
        • Rangeland
      • Urban and Residential
        • Rural Residential (Low Intensity Developed)
    • Shrublands and Grasslands
      • Grasslands
        • Coastal and Valley Grassland
      • Shrublands and Steppe
        • Chaparral

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

Actions

Project Actions
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Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   No/Unknown

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Organization

Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Kristi Mergenthaler  (Land Steward)
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
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