Pixieland is one of several sections of the Salmon River Estuary that have been restored - that is, dikes taken down and native plants added (and non-natives removed). Pixieland was a short-lived amusement park here on the coast -- I remember when we moved to Oregon in 1971, Pixieland was one of the places our cousins took us - beyond that I remember nothing about it.
Restoration efforts in the Salmon River Estuary have been ongoing since the mid-1970s as part of the Cascade Head Management Plan. Until I started doing some research, I had no idea that the Salmon River Estuary was part of that plan! The people at the Salmon/Drift Creek Watershed Council and the Siuslaw National Forest have been a great help assisting me in my research.
My first visit was in September, about a month after Pixieland was opened to the public (foot traffic only). Remember our dry summer? Well, it was one DRY wetlands!
|Main trail, 9-23-2012|
|Great Blue Heron|
|Pacific Tree (Chorus) Frog|
I have become captivated by Pixieland and the surrounding estuary. Since that first visit, I've been keeping records of my visits (see my spreadsheet here) and gathering as much information as I can about the restoration project.
|Harbor Seal with Salmon|