Because People & Nature Need Each Other…
Founded in 1989, the mission of Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah is to protect and enhance native ecosystems and compatible recreation in the Mt. Pisgah area.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to conserve the 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 throughout the greater Mt. Pisgah area.
Take a Tour!
Our tour program is getting rolling for 2018, and we’re kicking it off with tours to our own property, Turtle Flats. This beautiful 62 acre site is undergoing extensive restoration. Join us for a tour through this reclaimed floodplain to see what it looks like in the wintertime. Get more info and register on our Upcoming Tours Page.
Our tour program is growing! If you have ideas for tours you’d like to attend at Buford Park, or if you have an idea for a tour you’d like to lead, let us know! We are also recruiting volunteers to help with tours and events. Contact the Friends’ Outreach Coordinator with suggestions or to help out.
Many Thanks to our Supporters During this Season of Giving
If you haven’t done so yet, please consider an end-of-the-year gift to the Friends. Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? How about a gift membership or plot sponsorship? Click here for details.
Board Member Michael Wisth Receives 20 Under 40 Award
Congratulations to Friends’ Board of Directors Member Michael Wisth for being awarded as one of Eugene’s prestigious “20 under 40” young business leaders for 2017. Michael currently works for the city of Eugene as their solid waste and green building analyst, and has previously worked on homeless issues for the city.
The Friends appreciate the work Michael does for the city and his contributions to our organization. In his role as Board Member, he chairs our Development Committee, bringing skillful leadership, effective facilitation, and fresh perspectives to our work. You can read more about Michael and his work in the Register Guard article here.
Lane County Recognizes Friends as Vital Partners at Buford Park
The Lane County Parks Division recently brought a resolution to the Board of Commissioners to celebrate the vital partnerships and contributions of the Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah, and the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse in enhancing the ecological value and visitor experience within the Howard Buford Recreation Area. This recognition of contributions of these organizations beyond what Lane County would be able to accomplish in the park recognizes each organization’s staff and volunteer efforts and recent accomplishments. All three organizations gave presentations. You can view the full memorandum here and watch the proceedings and presentations here (the partnership resolutions starts at timestamp 1:05:30).
2017 Fall Celebration Keynote Address Now Available Online
Our 2017 Fall Celebration Keynote Address was given by Mary Christina Wood, Philip H. Knight Professor of Law, University of Oregon School of Law, and author, Nature’s Trust. Her talk, entitled “Community Stewardship: The Interdependence of Land and People,” was touching, eloquent, and deeply personal. She poetically wove a narrative of community stewardship as an essential element of living in a place, a vital interdependence between nature and the people who love it. She contextualized the work of the Friends within the larger global picture of climate disruption, and gave us hope that our work is part of a necessary solution. She provided us a temporal perspective, looking back in time to a century of her own family’s history of protecting salmon spawning grounds on the Columbia River, and looking forward to the importance of engaging young people in the restoration and protection of local critical habitat. We are exceptionally grateful to Professor Wood for gifting us this beautiful talk.
Milestone Reached on Confluence River Restoration Project
Friends partnered with TNC in the summer of 2016 to advance the restoration project at the Willamette Confluence.
Click here for updates as of September 2016
Friends Protect Turtle Flats in Perpetuity
In 2015, the Friends purchase the 62-acre “Turtle Flats” property, an important natural area at the confluence of the Coast and Middle Forks of the Willamette River, just outside Eugene. This land is being restored to improve water quality and fish and wildlife habitat. The purchase is a milestone in a multi-phase floodplain restoration project along the Willamette.
Click here for the full story
Take a Hike! Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah is the Largest and Most Visited Park in Lane County. Come Visit to See Why!
There are multiple trailheads you can use to access many miles of beautiful hiking trails.
Click here for detailed directions
Do You Like Our Photos?
Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah proudly highlights Mt. Pisgah’s natural beauty using photographs provided by Friends, Volunteers, and Members. Special thanks to Falling Art Photography for providing the Friends with professional pictures. Thanks to all.