Blackberries were removed and replaced by native species as part of Bear Creek restoration.
Oregon Stewardship is leading the effort to restore Bear Creek in Medford by removing non-native blackberries and planting the riparian area with native plants. The above picture is a finished area of Bear Creek.
In Spring 2010, two South Medford High School students built bio-swales to catch run-off from the I-5 viaduct. In Fall 2010, blackberries were removed from a 100-yard area. Over 40 volunteers from the community and Southern Oregon University, Rogue Community College, and North Medford, South Medford, and St. Mary's High Schools planted nine species of native plants donated by Althouse Nursery and BLM.