Come out to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge this Saturday, March 9th from 10am-1pm to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Bluff Trail! This FREE, public celebration will include refreshments, a ribbon cutting, kids’ activities, bird watching with experts, guided nature walks, live education birds from the Audubon Society of Portland and a photo display.
Trail construction on this formerly very muddy and wet trail was completed on December 2012, with native plant re-vegetation, the final phase of the project, finished in early 2013. The project includes 500 feet of slip-resistant boardwalk, rock walls at the north and south trailheads, and an observation deck for wildlife and bird viewing.
The City of Portland created the city’s first wildlife refuge at Oaks Bottom in 1988. It is the largest remaining natural area within the lower Willamette River floodplain and provides important habitat for fish and wildlife, including threatened salmon and over 175 bird species.
Portland Parks & Recreation City Nature and the Bureau of Environmental Services are working together to design a large scale habitat enhancement project to benefit wildlife and people in the refuge. The project will enhance 75 acres of wetland habitat within the refuge by replacing an existing culvert with a larger box culvert to enhance fish passage and improve connectivity to the Willamette River, enhancing wetland habitats at the southern end of the refuge to provide off-channel refuge for ESA-listed salmon, removing invasive vegetation and more. Visit the project website for more information on the project.