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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


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

Critters at the Foster Floodplain Natural Area

August 25, 2014

Immerse yourself in Portland’s natural beauty and walk along the Foster Floodplain Natural Area trails.

Two years ago, the City completed restoration of the Foster Floodplain Natural Area in Southeast Portland.  The area used to suffer from frequent flooding, which affected dozens of homes and local businesses. The innovative restoration, which took more than 15 years to fully complete, has reduced flood risks, improved fish and wildlife habitat along Johnson Creek, and transformed a flood-prone neighborhood into a lovely natural area. 

The restoration was a resounding success, and is now a bustling home to some of Portland’s most beautiful, native wildlife.

Nestled among the grasses and shrubs are critters like blacktail deer, rabbits, and skunks.  Great for bird watching, check out the trees and skies for black-headed grosbeaks, hawks, and bald eagles! 

The Foster Floodplain Natural Area is open to the public.  Check out the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website for more information.   

Photo courtesy of Greg Gillson.