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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Forest Park

Natural areaForest Park is Portland's - and the region's - largest protected habitat area, comprised primarily of upland forest. Acquisition opportunities include securing protection of inholdings and parcels adjacent to current park boundaries, providing improved access opportunities, connecting with other open spaces and the Willamette River, and buffering the park's west slopes.

Regional goals:

Acquire key properties to connect Forest Park to other public lands.

Connect Forest Park to Rock Creek and the Westside Trail to keep important wildlife corridors.

Protect important headwater areas on the eastside of the ridgeline.

Special Status Habitats*

  • Interior forest
  • Oak woodlands

*Special Status Habitats include habitat types that have been recognized by state and federal agencies or organizations as being ecologically important. Portland's Special Status Habitats include "Strategy Habitats" identified in the Oregon Conservation Strategy that are found in Portland: herbaceous wetlands, upland prairie and native grasslands, oak woodlands, interior forests (especially late successional conifer forests), bottomland hardwood forest, and riparian habitat.