Just south of downtown Gresham are the East Buttes, a complex of ancient lava domes more than 2 million years old. Instead of lava, today you’ll find lush forests, birds, and wildlife among the domes.
The area contains some of the largest contiguous wildlife habitat in the region. These sites protect the headwaters of Butler Creek, Kelley Creek and many other tributaries of Johnson Creek. From the perspective of nature close to home, Gabbert Hill sits nestled among residential neighborhoods.
A significant amount of land in the East Buttes has been protected by voter investments. The City of Gresham led the region in protecting and prioritizing open space with the region’s first voter approved open space bond measure in 1990, which helped protect lands in the East buttes. Together, Metro and the city have protected close to 1000 acres of natural area in the East Buttes.