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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

It's a toad's life

One of our local critters, the western toad, is identified by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as a vulnerable species.  That means that it will likely become an endangered species unless circumstances improve. 

One of toads’ biggest threats is breeding habitat degradation.

The Portland Water Bureau’s Environmental Compliance Group works hard every year to enhance the toads’ natural habitat in the Bull Run Watershed. Their work helps create successful breeding grounds.

Crews cut and remove reed canary grass, an invasive species, from several breeding sites. This allows sunlight to heat shallow pools where eggs and young toads reside. 

The annual project is part of the Bull Run Water Supply Habitat Conversation Plan (HCP).  It’s a 50-year plan to protect and improve aquatic habitats at the Bull Run River and Sandy River Basin.

Visit the Portland Water Bureau’s website to learn more.