Learn about the goals and objectives for habitat and water quality protection in the Lower Tualatin Headwaters 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 Objectives
Tier II Objectives
The headwaters of the lower Tualatin River are located in Washington County and include important tributaries that retain significant value for wildlife and contribute to water quality in the Tualatin River basin.
Cedar Creek traverses densely urbanized areas in its lower reaches within the city of Sherwood. Notwithstanding the surrounding urban development, Cedar Creek has valuable intact natural corridors along the creek and high quality headwater reaches, with significant opportunities to protect and enhance fish habitat.
Chicken Creek at its confluence with the main stem of the Tualatin River is part of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. The confluence area provides wetland, riparian and upland habitats for a variety of migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, fish and other resident wildlife. When flooded in fall and winter, it provides resting and wintering habitat for ducks, Canada geese, tundra swan and a variety of other waterfowl.
Baker Creek has forested uplands of Douglas fir, big-leaf maple, red alder and Western red cedar along with relatively large areas of undeveloped habitat adjacent to the creek that are used extensively by wildlife, including sensitive species like the Northern red-legged frog. The confluence of Baker Creek with the Tualatin River main stem is being restored by Metro in partnership with the Tualatin Riverkeepers and is now known as Gotter Prairie, a 164-acre natural area with an uncommon wet prairie habitat that is home to rare Pacific Northwest species of flora and fauna.
Watersheds in the southwest Chehalem Mountains retain significant wildlife habitat and include Chicken, Cedar and Baker creeks. Protection of riparian lands within these headwaters will safeguard water quality in the lower Tualatin River basin.
Focus for the 2006 Natural Areas Program Protect lands along the creeks and waterways in the southwest Chehalem Mountains to retain significant wildlife habitat and to improve water quality in the lower Tualatin River basin.
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