Metro, Portland establish new protected wildlife area
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Great blue herons are among the 170 species of bird native to a new protected area along the Columbia Slough.
Metro and the City of Portland announced this week a joint plan to protect 54 acres of wildlife habitat near the Columbia Slough in Northeast Portland.
The Broadmoor natural area acquisition is a partnership among Metro, the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and Portland Parks & Recreation, which will manage the site as a natural area.
The purchase price for the land, $530,400, was split three ways between Metro's $227 million natural areas bond measure that was passed in 2006, Portland's allocation from that bond measure and Portland's Environmental Services' Grey to Green initiative.
The area, next to Broadmoor Golf Course east of Northeast 33rd, is home to more than 170 species of birds including kingfishers, owls and great blue herons which live alongside deer, bats and amphibians. A trail will run through the area.
"This wetland area along the Columbia Slough is a rare remnant of Columbia River floodplain," said Portland Environmental Services Director Dean Marriott, in a press release. "Preserving it will protect a significant natural resource and help improve water quality in the slough."
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