Protecting lands in the Stafford Basin along tributary creeks helps the Tualatin River and preserves local connections for people and nature.
Learn about the goals and objectives for habitat and water quality protection in the Stafford Basin 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.More
Metro's purchase in June 2009 of 63 acres in the Stafford Basin builds on the region's vision of a protected wildlife corridor along Wilson Creek from Rosemont Road to the Tualatin River Greenway. Located north of Interstate 205, the property includes more than a mile of stream frontage with nearly 2,000 feet along both sides of Wilson Creek, helping protect water quality in the Tualatin River basin.
The property connects southward to approximately 165 acres of undeveloped wildlife habitat which was permanently protected as part of the Ashdown Woods subdivision. All together, this creates a protected natural area of approximately 229 acres.
Metro's purchase in 2008 of 25-acres in Stafford Basin includes about 2,000 feet of frontage along both sides of Pecan Creek. The natural area is in fairly good condition and provides the creek with significant water quality benefits however, along Stafford Road the property had trees completely covered with non-native English ivy that threatened the forest's health. Last winter, Metro's natural area restoration experts removed the ivy and other non-native species that had gotten a foothold. Watch how well the forest along the roadway responds to the ivy treatment.
The Three Rivers Land Conservancy and the City of Lake Oswego have been working for more than a decade with private owners to purchase land and encourage land donations that protect the nature of the Stafford Basin. To date, about 200 acres of natural areas have been preserved including Luscher Farm and Sunny Slope. With the number of protected lands growing, the local community developed a Stafford Basin Path and Trail Plan in 2001.
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The plan identifies approximately 15 miles of new trails linking protected wildlife areas and parks in Lake Oswego, Tualatin and West Linn. Metro's new acquisition offers future public access opportunities within this developing trail system.
Find out more about the goals and objectives for Stafford Basin
Natural Areas Program
Learn about the goals and objectives for habitat and water quality protection in the Stafford Basin 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.