Join us August 31, 2017 from 5:30-7pm to tour eastern Buford Park and learn about our habitat restoration work from Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah’s Stewardship Director, Jason Blazar! This 2 mile hike will showcase our work to restore prairie, savanna, and woodland habitat in the Meadowlark East Management Unit, and discuss ecological burning and the Park’s Habitat Management Plan. Click Here to for more event details and to register. Space is limited so register today!
East Entrance of Buford Park
Saturday, November 5
9 am – noon
Tour the eastern portion of Buford Park and learn about our recent habitat restoration work there. Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah’s Stewardship Coordinator Jason Blazar will lead an approximately 2-3 mile hike through the Meadowlark Prairie. The tour will highlight accomplishments from phase 1 of the Meadowlark project as well as the very recent work of phase two. This tour will include a discussion of the desired future conditions and historic conditions of the area, as well as what steps are needed to achieve the desired state.
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After a full summer of excavation work, Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) completed construction of a major river restoration project at the confluence of the Coast and Middle Forks of the Willamette near Mt. Pisgah.
The project took place across 200 acres on three ownerships (Friends, TNC and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department). This piece of work was the second of three stages of a project being implemented between 2014 and 2018 by The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the Friends and multiple other partners. This summer, the partners connected ten former gravel mining pits to the river, benefiting salmon, turtles, river otter, beavers and other aquatic species. Aside from the positive habitat outcomes resulting from the project, the restoration of Turtle Flats and Willamette Confluence Preserve will also help improve water quality for EWEB’s future drinking water intake facility, planned less than a mile downstream.
Volunteers played a major role in site preparation, removing invasive species in advance of the earth moving. We now look forward to the re-vegetation stage and invite volunteers to help with planting native species and continue the work to remove invasive species. Contact volunteer @ bufordpark.org to get involved.
The Friends welcomes contributions to its Mt. Pisgah Stewardship Endowment to provide perpetual support for the long-term maintenance and stewardship of habitat in the Mt. Pisgah area. Contact development @ bufordpark.org to learn more.
Read the press release for more detail.
View KVAL’s coverage of the news.
Brewery Benefits, Summer 2016
Benefit for the Friends at Ninkasi Tasting Room — Tuesday, June 7th (all day)
- 272 Van Buren Street, Eugene
- 25% of all pint sales at the Tasting Room with benefits going to the Friends, all day!
Youth in Nature Partnership Benefit at Falling Sky — Monday July 18th
- 1334 Oak Alley AND 790 Blair Blvd. (both Eugene locations)
- 25% of entire purchase will benefit the Youth in Nature Partnership.
- IMPORTANT: You must show this flyer on your phone or paper.
Pisgah Brew Release Party at Agrarian Ales — Sunday, July 24th (3-6 pm)
- 31115 W. Crossroads Lane, Eugene
- All sales of a special Pisgah brew will benefit the Friends!
For the last several years, Julie Daniel has served on our advisory council, sharing insights gleaned from leading BRING’s transformation over the last decade. We asked her why she gives to the Friends, and here’s what we learned:
“I’m proud to donate both time and money to the Friends. I’m a big fan of their ‘hands-on, do more with less’ approach to stewardship. Directly involving hundreds of volunteers really maximizes their ability to care for the land and helps people like me feel connected to this special place. I hike all over the park, especially in winter when short days and less clement weather make out of town hikes less feasible. My involvement with the Friends has deepened my appreciation for the land and made me more aware of the impact humans have had—positive and negative—over the years.
Of course, I’m terribly excited about the acquisition of Turtle Flats since those lands include the old BRING site. Restoring Turtle Flats is a wonderful opportunity as a well as a sizeable challenge, and I hope to have more time in the future to do some hands-on work removing invasive plants.”
Meadowlark Prairie and Habitat Management Planning Tour
Wednesday, June 8
5 pm – 7:30 pm
Tour the eastern portion of Buford Park and learn about habitat management planning and how to participate in the process. Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah’s Stewardship Coordinator, Jason Blazar, will lead a 1.5-2 mile loop hike through the Meadowlark Prairie. Jason will highlight accomplishments from phase 1 of the Meadowlark project as well as objectives for phase two. This tour will include a discussion of the desired future conditions and historic conditions of the area, as well as what steps are needed to achieve the desired state. Participants will also learn about the current Habitat Management Planning process and and how to get involved through the public comment period.
North Buford Park Habitat Management Planning Tour
Wednesday, June 1
5 pm – 7:30 pm
Tour the northern portion of Buford Park and learn about habitat management planning and how you can participate in the process. Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah’s Stewardship Coordinator, Jason Blazar, will lead a 1.5 mile loop hike with 800 feet of elevation gain and loss through recently enhanced oak savanna and other habitat types. This tour will showcase the impact of the Friends’ work to date, with a discussion of the desired future conditions and historic conditions, as well as what steps are needed to achieve the desired state. Participants will also learn about the current Habitat Management Planning process and the public comment period.
Finding the balance between natural systems and human access to those spaces is a passion for Kevin Shanley, whom we are fortunate to have as one of our new board members.
A landscape architect for the last 40 years, Kevin is a principal at the leading landscape architecture group, SWA, and has practiced internationally. He’s won a slew of awards for his work, which largely include public parks and large-scale urban design projects with a focus on water and rivers. His nonprofit experience is substantial as well, having been Chairman of the Board for a 40-year-old river advocacy group in Houston and having served on multiple other boards.
Kevin discovered Buford Park a year ago, within the first week of his move to Eugene, and decided immediately that, “It just seems like an opportunity for the whole region. It’s a remarkable place.”
His primary interest as a board member is working on the regional trail system as it ties into Buford Park. Kevin sees as a puzzle worth solving the fact that, “The only way to get there is to drive, but it’s totally within hiking and biking distance of the majority of the Eugene/Springfield population. That’s a missing piece that ought to be high on our priorities to solve. It’s tricky because you have big rivers and stewardship issues and landowner issues. The park can and should be better connected to the community that supports it.”
As such, Kevin is the board liaison to our Trails Committee and is involved in planning discussions on behalf of the Friends about the trail system. Stay tuned for updates on Kevin’s work!
The Friends achieved several important milestones in 2015 including:
- completing the purchase of Turtle Flats
- establishing a permanent Endowment Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation
- launching our Bootstraps to Best Practices initiative to strengthen the organization
- surpassing $1 million in revenues for the first time
Read the details and a note on Resilience and Perpetuity from Executive Director Chris Orsinger in our 2015 Annual Report.
Thank you members, volunteers, businesses and other supporters for making these achievements possible!
Joint Arboretum and Friends resolution regarding the Lane County Parks and Open Space Master Plan Update
The boards of directors of Mount Pisgah Arboretum and the Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah reviewed and considered the Lane County Parks and Open Space Master Plan Update and jointly approved the following resolution.
Resolved, Mount Pisgah Arboretum (the Arboretum) and The Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah (the Friends) applaud Lane County Parks for working to update the comprehensive master plan for its 70 recreation sites. The Friends and the Arboretum shall offer support to Lane County Parks in working to improve the comprehensive Lane County Parks and Open Space Master Plan (POSMP). Both organizations believe that, in reference to the Howard Buford Recreation Area (HBRA), the POSMP should:
1) Contain and reflect the purpose of HBRA as stated in the adopted HBRA Master Plan –“to provide varied opportunities for primarily low intensity outdoor recreation and education activities while protecting, conserving, enhancing, and maintaining the natural, scenic, historical, rural, and recreational qualities of this… park.” We believe this purpose statement accurately reflects the current uses and activities at HBRA. New uses or facilities should be compatible with this statement.
2) Clarify the roles, and the scope of the benefits provided by the Friends, the Arboretum, and other partners that contribute to the stewardship of HBRA – The “Current Features” portion of the HBRA narrative in the POSMP should include a detailed statement of the goals and contributions of the Friends and the Arboretum.
3) Define priority trail and facility improvement goals for HBRA. The Park Vision portion of the HBRA narrative should clearly state that future development of facilities must be compatible or consistent with the preservation and protection of the natural features of HBRA.
4) Incorporate the recommendations of the Lane County Large Events Task Force (LETF) – We support the recommendations for limiting and managing large events at HBRA and other parks included in the LETF report as approved by the Lane Board of County Commissioners on November 10, 2015.
5) Further define the process for issuing special use permits for overnight camping (General Policies Item 5) to reflect consideration of potential impacts – The POSMP should clarify that special use permit requests will be carefully evaluated to identify potential negative impacts to resource and habitat values. We believe such permits should follow the recommendation of the LETF for large events at HBRA, that priority be given to “events with a primarily educational or nature based theme”.