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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

Portland Audubon Expands Wildlife Sanctuary

July 26, 2019

Today, Nick spoke at the grand opening of an expansion to the Portland Audubon Society’s wildlife sanctuary. The addition, called the Kehoe Sanctuary, is twenty-two acres donated by Marty Kehoe.

Audubon’s property is home to birds recovering at their veterinary facility. It also serves as an educational resource and an important wildlife corridor that connects to Forest Park and natural areas outside the city.

The Kehoe Sanctuary addition will help protect Balch Creek, the largest stream in Northwest Portland and home of the healthiest population of cutthroat trout in the city.

The event celebrated both Kehoe’s donation and Portland’s commitment to a healthy environment. The grand opening was dubbed an “ivy-cutting” to celebrate ongoing efforts to replace invasives (like English ivy) with native species.

Special thanks to Marty Kehoe and his family for their donation, to the Portland Audubon Society for their partnership with the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) on Balch Creek restoration and other projects, and to the great team at BES for their work protecting our urban watersheds.


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