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.
Tier I Objectives
Tier II Objective
The Stafford Basin is a triangular shaped area located south of Lake Oswego, west of West Linn and east of Tualatin. Much of the Stafford Basin includes working farms and housing developments. The area is bisected by the Tualatin River and contains tributaries, riparian areas and floodplains that are important to protecting water quality. Along with providing flood storage, the floodplains and associated wetlands support considerable numbers of waterfowl and migrating neo-tropical birds. Wilson Creek, Pecan Creek and Athey Creeks are important waterways in the area. In particular, Pecan and Wilson creeks have excellent habitat restoration potential.
The City of Lake Oswego has preliminary plans to construct a trail along Wilson Creek that would connect the Tualatin River to their existing local trail system near Luscher Farms. Plans are also underway to construct another one and a half miles of trail between Luscher Farm and West Linn along the north side of Rosemont Blvd. The City of Lake Oswego, Three Rivers Land Conservancy and other partners have developed a Stafford Basin Path and Trail Plan that identifies at least 15 miles of new trails connecting protected parks and natural areas in Lake Oswego, Tualatin and West Linn. As of 2005, two miles of trails included in the plan have been completed.
Connecting existing public lands in the Lake Oswego/West Linn/Tualatin area along tributary creeks to the Tualatin River will enhance water quality protection and secure diverse natural areas for local residents.
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