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Acquiring natural areas

Planning and conservation    Natural areas, parks and trails    Protecting natural areas    Acquiring natural areas

Find out more about the 27 target areas where Metro is acquiring natural areas and trails to safeguard water quality, protect fish and wildlife habitat, and ensure access to nature for future generations.

Click the area on the map or follow the links below to learn more about each natural area.


Network of protected natural areas grows

Since voters approved the 2006 Natural Areas bond measure, more than 4,000 acres of forested hills, stream corridors, wetlands and wildflower prairies have been permanently protected.

Each of the 27 natural areas and trail projects listed above have detailed plans and strategies adopted by the Metro Council in 2007. Read about the progress so far, learn about the specific goals and objectives and see the maps for land acquisition in each area.

To stay informed about Metro's natural areas program, get on the mailing list. Call 503-797-1545 or send e-mail to

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