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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

RENEW Forest Park

RENEW Forest Park is a unique opportunity to make a significant and comprehensive investment in Forest Park.

This $20+ million, 20-year initiative includes three main components that look holistically at ecologyrecreation and access. Together, we will renew this remarkable asset and create a legacy for generations to come.

RESTORE Forest Park

Project Description
Invasive species removal efforts have been ongoing for years in Forest Park. While these efforts have tangible results, they have not been comprehensive for a landscape of this scale. Through strong leadership from PP&R, support from The Forest Park Conservancy and funding from Metro, these efforts have now been elevated to a level that reflects the needs of a natural area of this size. Restore Forest Park will provide a sustainable, long-term invasive species management plan to reduce invasive species to a level where they no longer impact forest health and function.

The first on-the-ground restoration efforts of Restore Forest Park are planned for the Balch Creek subwatershed section of the park. The project area is 155 forested acres that extends from north of Pittock Mansion to near Holman Lane. Through this project we will remove invasive species, improve native plant biodiversity, increase wildlife habitat and connect existing restoration areas.

Efforts will Include

  • Removal of weedy trees such as English holly and laurel
  • Cutting of canopy vines such as clematis and ivy
  • Treatment of ground cover invasives, predominantly ivy and blackberry

Treatment Approach
Work on the ground will begin in mid-August 2015. In accordance with our Integrated Pest Management Policy—the City of Portland has established a treatment protocol that has perfected the herbicide combination and treatment timing so that initial treatments are extremely effective. State-licensed applicators will use selective herbicide application for this site. Best management practices for Forest Park include utilizing volunteers to remove invasive species by hand in areas directly adjacent to trails.

This project has been made possible through a grant from Metro Nature in Neighborhoods and in partnership with The Forest Park Conservancy.


For questions or additional information about RESTORE Forest Park, please contact Forest Park Natural Resource Ecologist, Kendra Petersen-Morgan at or 503-823-4492.

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