(from a joint press release) Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) announced today the intent to acquire, in partnership with Metro and with assistance of The Trust for Public Land, of a 146-acre natural area property in southwest Portland. The purchase of the “River View Property” from River View Cemetery provides both crucial watershed protection and upland wildlife habitat preservation. Pending City Council approval and an adjustment of tax lot boundaries, acquisition is expected in Summer 2011.
The $11.25 million purchase was funded by a partnership which combined Portland’s local share of Metro’s voter-approved 2006 natural areas bond measure, funds from the Environmental Services’ Grey to Green Initiative, and Metro’s voter-approved Natural Areas Program.
“This purchase will protect the forest from development, which would have negative impacts on watershed health,” said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “It will also mark the start of an extensive project to remove invasive vegetation and restore native plants.”
The site will be managed in the future as a natural area by PP&R, which will work with the community to develop a trail and habitat management plan. Immediate plans for the site include habitat stabilization with the removal of such invasive species as English ivy, clematis, and blackberry, and the addition of native plants.