Land Protection

Land Protection

Since our founding in 1989, the Friends have passionately advocated for acquisition of public land and habitat restoration in the greater Mt. Pisgah area. We believe that the recreational and ecological values of the Mt. Pisgah area are greater than the sum of its parts.

Acquistion Success Stories

  • In 2010, after two decades of advocation and encouragement by the Friends, the 1,270-acre Willamette Confluence (Wildish parcel) with six miles of river frontage next to Buford Park was acquired by The Nature Conservancy.
  • In 2002, the Friends successfully advocated for the public purchase of 265 acres in Camas Swale with one-half mile of river frontage on the Coast Fork of the Willamette River. Wetland restoration is now underway to mitigate the Short Mountain landfill.
  • In 1998, the Friends facilitated the purchase of a 44-acre floodplain parcel with one-half mile of river frontage near Buford Park (see map). Since then, over 8,000 riparian trees and shrubs have been planted at this site to restore habitat for fish, birds and wildlife.

The Friends continue to:

  • Educate federal, state and local agencies about this extraordinary place,
  • Work to secure public and private funding commitments,
  • Foster a multi-agency partnership to manage the land, and
  • Build capacity to help steward an expanded park.
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