Native Plant Distribution Program

Since 2000, our Native Plant Distribution program annually provides more than 10,000 native, riparian plants to landowners throughout our watershed.

Native plants growing along streams help reduce erosion, filter nutrients, and keep the water cool for salmon, trout and other aquatic species. If you have a creek flowing through your property, or live along one of our scenic lakes, you may be eligible to receive free native plants from the Watershed Council to help support water quality and fish habitat in your own backyard, free of charge!

Landowners interested in restoring the streamside on their land can pick up a selection of native plants from one of four distribution sites located in Blachly, Deadwood, Lorane, and Mapleton. Landowners may order up to 300 total plants with the order period beginning in November and distribution occurring in February.

Not familiar with native plants? Not to worry! Siuslaw Watershed professionals assist landowners with creating their own planting design, recommending plants suitable for their riparian site. The SWC Field Crew also provides release, plant protection assistance, and serves as a resource for advice and referral on best practices for land management in riparian areas.

Once the plants are in the ground, it’s up to you! Maintenance to fully establish these plantings is the responsibility of the landowners. We know it can be a challenge to remove competing species, so first time participants may find more success starting with a smaller area and growing from there.  A small planting can be more manageable to successfully maintain and you can adapt your planting plan as the project progresses.

Once your native plants are fully established, you, your property, and our watershed reap the benefits: Native plants enhance the ecological value of your property. And when the whole community is involved, we see improvements to fish habitat throughout the basin, helping increase populations in the Siuslaw National Forest and surrounding areas.


Priority requests open
Nov 24, 2021
Priority requests deadlineDec 31, 2021
Order deadlineJan 31, 2022
Feb 5, 2022

The Native Plant Distribution program is made possible by funding from the Siuslaw National Forest (through the Coast Range Stewardship Fund), the Three Rivers Foundation, and Operation Appleseed, as well as generous donations from local businesses, organizations, and individuals like: Roseburg Resources Company, Bureau of Land Management, Siuslaw Soil and Water Conservation District, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Balance Restoration Nursery.

Jesse Jones
Project Manager
Siuslaw Watershed Council

Issued By
Siuslaw Watershed Council

Mailing Address
PO Box 422
Mapleton, OR 97453

Physical Address
Siuslaw Watershed Council
Mapleton School District Campus
10868 East Mapleton Road
Mapleton, OR 97453

“I’m happy to have the community effort that the SWC Native Plant Program supports and to have like-minded neighbors who are all working in the same direction towards preservation and land management.”

~Howard Pazdral

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