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Forest Park Feedback on evaluation methods to screen construction and capital projects in Forest Parks, August 5, 2013

In order to better understand the expected impact of potential projects on Forest Park, a methodology to provide a comprehensive evaluation of all ecological, wildlife, and recreation data for Forest Park is being proposed by Portland Parks & Recreation (PPR) staff. The outcome of this evaluation process will be the Forest Park Project Evaluation Methodology (PEM), which will inform and guide the consideration of new construction projects in Forest Park. Your input is requested to advise Parks staff and Commissioner Fritz on the accuracy, completeness, and applicability of the proposed tool

 

A public meeting was held to review the proposed Methodology and answer questions:

 

August 5, 3013

Hoyt Arboretum Library

4000 SW Fairview Blvd

6:30 – 8:00 pm

 

The Forest Park Natural Resources Management Plan (NRMP; 1995) guides Forest Park management.  The new tool, after adoption, will be used in conjunction with the NRMP to screen potential construction and capital projects.  The Forest Park Project Evaluation Methodology (PEM) synthesizes information compiled on the ecology of the park related to wildlife, vegetation and habitat.  It includes the baseline recreation survey recently conducted by PPR. This information is used to create a science-based evaluation tool to screen construction and capital projects that propose alterations to the current landscape. The tool will provide a systematic and consistent method to evaluate projects, intending to incorporate the latest ecological information available to aid decision making.  

 

At the meeting on August 5, Portland Parks & Recreation staff Kendra Petersen-Morgan, Ecologist, and Emily Roth, Natural Resources Planner, presented the methodology and answered questions.  Feedback will be taken in writing after the meeting.  Note, this meeting was not a public hearing nor a decision-making event.  The decision on whether to adopt the PEM, and if so what it requires, will be made by Commissioner Fritz.

 

The Draft PEM is posted on-line: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/457402

 

Staff Contacts:

 

Kendra Petersen-Morgan 503-823-4492,

 

Emily Roth 503-823-9225,

 

 

Commissioner in Charge: Commissioner Amanda Fritz, 503-823-3008

 

Staff Contact: Patti Howard 503-823-1120

 

To comment, please use the form posted here:  http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/456921