Fundraising album rocks Johnson Creek's habitat
By Andy Giegerich
Digital Managing Editor
"Songs for Johnson Creek" features 12 songs, including a track by Laura Veirs.
A Portland nonprofit that includes several business-community backers has compiled a record that aims to fund salmon restoration efforts.
The record “Songs for Johnson Creek” was assembled by Matt Clark, executive director of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, and features Laura Veirs and Aaron Nigel Smith, among other artists. Money from the 12-song project will initially go towards a Council project to install logs and boulders in-stream and excavate side-channel habitat in hopes of benefiting the creek’s native Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead trout.
The album features “songs for all ages,” with a healthy complement of children’s music.
Once the salmon habitat restoration is fully funded — the Council has so far raised $71,000 of the $86,000-plus required for the effort — the album proceeds will help fund an interpretive boardwalk alongside Johnson Creek.
The Johnson Creek group has received funds for the habitat restoration from Portland General Electric Co., Oregon Wildlife and the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.
“This is our fundraising focus right now because we still need about $20,000 to fully fund this element of the project, and it’ll start in less than two months,” said Clark.
The Council has also worked with Moda Health, formerly ODS Health, to enhance salmon habitat at the mouth of Johnson Creek. The company Freeway Land has also provide the Council with funds to replant 3.5 acres of streamside forest, on the business’s property, while the Council has also received financial support from PCC Structurals Inc. and office space from Oregon Worsted Co.
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