Because people & nature need each other
Founded in 1989, Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, works to conserve the Greater Mt. Pisgah area’s incredible botanical, wildlife and recreational values. The Friends mobilize funding, scientific expertise and volunteer resources to improve the botanical, fish, wildlife and recreational values on and around Buford Park.
Our activites include:
- Enhancing recreation by improving trails to protect the park’s native beauty.
- Nurturing native habitats through scientific restoration projects.
- Cultivating a culture of stewardship through community involvement and volunteer service.
- Advocating for land protection and landowner collaboration in the greater Mt. Pisgah area.
The Friends are collaborating with our Rivers to Ridges partners to achieve the positive vision for the confluence of the Coast & Middle Forks of the Willamette. Our role in this partnership is to advance our mission to protect and enhance native ecosystems and compatible recreation in Mt. Pisgah area. Toward this end, we are working to acquire and protect Lane County’s 63-acre parcel called “Turtle Flats” at the confluence, and to collaboratively restore habitat in this important natural area. Read more…
Welcome, Shauna Whidden
The Friends are excited to welcome Shauna Whidden to the team as our new Donor Relations Specialist. Shauna is a natural resource attorney with a special passion for protecting and conserving watersheds and aquatic habitats throughout the Pacific Northwest.
In recent years, she has expanded her expertise to include major gift fundraising. She worked for over eight years at the University of Oregon as a senior development director, where she helped the UO reach their historic $830 million comprehensive campaign goal.
Shauna brings energetic enthusiasm for applying her diverse skills to our organization. “I am thrilled to be joining the Friends,” says Shauna. “It’s like coming home. What an amazing organization. I’ve never seen so many people joined together with the common goal of caring for and improving a place they hold dear. I can’t help to see what else we can do together!”
Collaborating with Partners
Our many successes result from collaboration with our partners. For example, Mount Pisgah Arboretum, a separate organization, manages a 209-acre leased area within Buford Park. Together we help care for the 2300-acre Buford Park in partnership with Lane County Parks, the landowner. Beyond Buford Park, we assist The Nature Conservancy by controlling invasive weeds and propagating native plants and hosting guided tours for the public on the adjacent 1270-acre Willamette Confluence project. Other partners include Oregon State Parks, Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife and Willamalane Parks District.