Learn about the goals and objectives for habitat and water quality protection in the Cooper Mountain target area. View maps illustrating the Metro Council's priorities in this area and learn more about the importance of the area to our region.
Acquire key land parcels in the Cooper Mountain target area to build on Metro’s successful efforts using 1995 Bond Measure funds to:
Tier I Objective
Tier II Objective
Cooper Mountain Natural Area sits on the southwestern slopes of Cooper Mountain, an 800-foot high basalt mound located near the western edge of Beaverton. The natural area provides stunning views of the Tualatin Valley and Chehalem Mountains and is comprised of remnant and recently reforested conifer forests, oak and madrone woodlands and upland prairies nestled between residential and agricultural lands. Restoration projects at the site include the reintroduction of more than 60,000 trees and shrubs in former clear-cut areas and a series of prescribed burns to enhance oak and upland prairie habitat and improve conditions for the endangered pale larkspur and other rare wildflowers. Also included are enhancements to a small quarry pond to improve habitat conditions for a breeding population of the state-sensitive Northern red-legged frog.
Site design and development of the first phase of visitor improvements as described in the adopted master plan for Cooper Mountain Nature Park is under way. Planned improvements include a network of trails and public facilities, interpretive cultural and natural history signage and a "nature house" for environmental education programs.
Acquiring remaining oak communities and streamside forests will build on the investment already made in protecting Oregon white oak and rare prairie habitat at Cooper Mountain near Beaverton.
To date 255.8 acres have been protected.
Protect remaining oak communities and streamside forest lands supporting Oregon white oak and rare prairie habitat.
In September 2007 the Metro Council approved acquisition plans for each of the 27 regional target areas. The Metro Council established these priorities with the input of natural resource and land use experts, scientists, citizens and local land managers. More than 500 people attended eight community open houses to share their ideas with Metro Councilors. Nearly 1,000 people filled out questionnaires ranking their priorities and offering ideas for partnerships and other ways to stretch the public's investment. The acquisition plans include a map, goals and objectives for each target area.
Natural Areas Program