Portland’s Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world and the only city wilderness park in the United States. It has more native wildlife species than any other city park in the nation, and has been identified by scientists as having more “interior forest habitat” than any other urban park in the world. For the last 65 years, it has been carefully managed by Portland Parks and Recreation, to keep its wilderness values intact, and to keep the health of its natural resources as its highest priority.
Today, Forest Park managers face pressure to balance conservation of the Park’s ecosystem with the development that comes with growing public use and the desire for expanded recreational opportunities.
Marcy Houle, a biologist who has researched Forest Park for over thirty years and written the guidebook, One City’s Wilderness: Portland’s Forest Park, will discuss the new plan currently being presented by Portland Parks and Recreation to change the park. She will discuss what this might mean for its wildlife, its water resources (currently the healthiest in the city of Portland), and for current park users. She will present the fascinating history of Forest Park, introduce the people who fought to create and preserve it, and discuss the important role that stewards must play today if Forest Park is to remain as the nation’s only urban wilderness and Portland’s greatest natural treasure.
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Learn more about the future of Portland’s Forest Park. Enjoy food and drinks, make new friends and reconnect with old ones. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Please bring a dish to share.
Thursday, July 18
6:30 p.m. – Refreshments
7:00 p.m. – Program
Sierra Club Office
1821 SE Ankeny Street, Portland