Finley-Muddy Creek Area, COA 084

Finley Muddy Creek Area
Photo Credit: George Gentry, USFWS

Located around Finley Wildlife Refuge south of Corvallis along the west side of Hwy 99; area extends up Muddy Creek west of Monroe to its confluence with Marys River

COA ID: 084

Local Conservation Actions and Plans

Potential Partners

Special Features


  • Area contains Herbert Farms Natural Area which includes farmland with native Oak, diverse plants and wildlife habitat. Marys River converges with Muddy Creek on this property. Partners including the City of Corvallis and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are working on habitat protection and restoration on this property.
  • Area has been designated a Grassland Bird Conservation area.
  • Area hosts several several species of threatened and endangered plants and associated endangered butterflies
  • Area includes important high-quality remnants of native wet prairie, oak, and riparian habitats.
  • Area provides stronghold habitat for the continued recovery of Oreogn chub
  • Habitat for migratory waterfowl
  • There are ongoing efforts to eventually provede a connection corridor of restored and protected habitats along Muddy Creek between Finley Refuge and Marys River. Partners include Greenbelt Land Trust, USFWS, ODFW, City of Corvallis, Natural Resources Conservation Servide, and private landowners.

Previously Associated With

  • 2006 COA ID WV-22 (Finley - Muddy Creek area)

Protected Areas

  • Bellfountain County Park
  • Evergreen
  • Maple Knoll
  • Muddy Creek Wetland Mitigation And Conservation Bank
  • Pigeon Butte Research Natural Area
  • Wetlands Reserve Program
  • Willamette Floodplain
  • William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge


Strategy Habitats

Specialized Local Habitats

  • Forest Openings
  • Off-channel Habitat

Strategy Species