Learn about the goals and objectives for habitat and water quality protection in the Tryon Creek Linkages 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.
Tier I Objective
Tier II Objective
The Tryon Creek Watershed covers more than 4,000 acres, including about 3,000 acres within Portland's city limits. Tryon Creek flows southeast for approximately seven miles from its headwaters near Multnomah Village to its confluence with the Willamette River in Lake Oswego and is one of the only streams in the metropolitan area with a run of steelhead trout. Parks and natural areas make up about 21 percent of the watershed; the rest of the area is predominately made up of single-family homes. The 645-acre Tryon Creek State Natural Area is Oregon's only state park within a major metropolitan area and makes up a large portion of the undeveloped area in the Tryon Creek Watershed. The area supports good wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities. Protecting and restoring the streams that feed into Tryon Creek will benefit water quality as well as support the integrity of the wildlife habitat at Tryon Creek State Natural Area.
Acquisition of key land parcels will build on the successful efforts to protect Tryon Creek State Natural Area and riparian areas of Tryon Creek's major tributaries.
To date 59.34 acres have been protected by Metro's program in this area including securing some of the lands connecting Tryon Creek State Natural Area and Marshall Park and protection of areas in the headwaters of Arnold Creek.
Secure the connections between Tryon Creek's natural areas and the Willamette River.
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