Who are the Friends?
The Friends believe people and nature need each other. We’re a self-funded non-profit of 1,000+ members and volunteers investing our time, talent, and money so people and nature can thrive together in the greater Mt. Pisgah area.
Our mission is to protect and enhance native ecosystems and compatible recreation in the Mt. Pisgah area. We partner with Lane County Parks, Mount Pisgah Arboretum, The Nature Conservancy, Oregon State Parks, and other area landowners to enhance native habitat, improve trails, and involve volunteers in caring for the land.
Since our founding in 1989, the Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah have raised and invested over $3 million in cash and $2 million in volunteer contributions for habitat and trail improvements in the Mt. Pisgah area. We also explore Pisgah’s hidden treasures on guided tours and advocate for land protection in the greater Mt. Pisgah area, like the 1,270 acres next to Buford Park now owned by The Nature Conservancy.
What’s the difference between Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah and Mount Pisgah Arboretum?
Mount Pisgah Arboretum manages a 209-acre leased area within the 2,300-acre Buford Park. The Friends are a separate organization working on the remaining 2,100 acres in Buford Park. Though separate organizations, together we help care for Buford Park’s natural and recreational values in partnership with Lane County, the landowner. The Friends also partner with other landowners to help enhance native habitat and compatible recreation throughout the 4,700-acre greater Mt. Pisgah area.
Why can’t Lane County take care of Buford Park?
Lane County Parks has only 7 full-time field staff to manage 73 recreational sites across the county (compared to 32 staff employed in 1980). Lane County continues to face severe budget cuts and depends on the staff and volunteers provided by both Friends of Buford Park & Mt Pisgah and the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum to help care for and enhance the park’s habitats and trails.